It’s been over 12 hours since I got out, and I still don’t know what to say.
A good contemporary example of something similar to this is Life & Nothing More—it’s very sociological, and there isn’t a dramatic arc for us in the audience to resonate with. It treats the execution room as a workplace, and the executors, priest and the prison warden as employees, and the convicts as the victims of their systematic abuse, which we know better as legalized murder.
The movie starts off with an inmate dying after complications of his botched execution. It starts off on a heavy note and never once gets lighter. There is no score, the techs are nondescript and the scenes have longer takes than usual with slowly-spoken dialogue. This movie is a commitment to finish, but if you can get through it, you might have the same lump on your throat later as I do now.