The Sun (Malaysia)

Dead Man Talking

- BY DENISSA GOH

THIS darkly comic Belgian film has director Ridremont taking on the leading role of convicted murderer William Lamers who is to be executed by lethal injection.

When Lamers enters the execution room, he is strapped down in the presence of understand­ing chaplain (Marin), prison director Karl Raven (Berléand), compassion­ate prison warden Julius Lopez (Mpunga) and a finicky tabloid journalist.

Despite a no-show from Lamers’ family or relatives, the execution goes on as planned, with Lamers given the chance to speak his last words, in which he stolidly tells his poignant and moving life story.

While the others listen solicitous­ly, an aggravated Raven wants to cut it short but has no choice since the law does not state the duration for a condemned man’s last words. Cast: Patrick

And Lamers Ridremont, intends to François keep on Berléand talking as his and Denis execution Mpunga takes place Director: one month Patrick before the Ridremont s ta te E-Value: 7 elections.

The current Acting: 8 Governor has Plot: 6 offered him a strange deal to continue speaking to keep his execution on hold until the political process.

There are a few hiccups in the film that leave the audience confused, especially the story behind Lopez’s wife in wheels.

While the start of the film is mostly silent and depends on visual representa­tions to tell the story, the later part has far too many dialogue in my opinion.

Ridremont is excellent in projecting a phlegmatic character who has accepted his upcoming death, while Mpunga, despite his tough outer appearance, displays the compassion­ate of a man forced to signal the execution of a new-found friend.

Credit also goes to the thought-provoking storyline that highlights political corruption­s and the endless ethical debate between following the law and personal moral judgements.

Would you pardon a criminal or sentence him to death after hearing his distressin­g story that led him there?

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