The Fifth Commandment
The Fifth Commandment

Film Title

The Fifth Commandment


  • Sunday 02 October 14:15
  • All Tickets £10.00


90 mins

Director: Rafa Lara Country: Mexico
Writer: Rafa Lara Original Format: 35mm
Dir. of Photography: German Lammers Print Source: Latido Films
Producer: Jorge Aguirre
Cast: Guillermo Ivan, Luis Felipe Tovar, Angélica Aragon

Film Details

International Premiere

Official Selection Feature

Short Synopsis:

Victor, a lonely schizophrenic young man, becomes a serial killer in Mexico City, after being sexually abused by a priest in his hometown when he was a child. While the police try to track him down, he struggles between proceeding with his crimes, justified by a bizarre interpretation of Catholicism, or to confront his past.


The Fifth CommandmentWith this stylish and brutal thriller writer/director Rafael Lara notches up another great serial killer film. Set in Mexico City, a lonely and schizophrenic young man called Victor begins a series of vicious killings that fox the police. At first taking his victims by force, he later uses his charm and good looks to win their trust, before inevitably turning on them.
Victor, molested as a child by a priest, has developed a warped vision Catholicism and his killings are motivated and enacted in a twisted version of that faith. As the police begin to close in, Victor starts to question whether or not to continue forward with his murders or to confront his past.
A strong performance by Guillermo Ivan as Victor centres the film; he has the requisite balance of charm and terrifying detachment to play such a killer. Based so firmly on the philosophy, images and rituals of the Catholic religion, The Fifth Commandment belongs to that religious niche of serial killer films made famous by Se7en. The Fifth Commandment too has a distinctive look, and Lara certainly knows his business behind the camera, creating a series of tense, chilling scenes that are certain to please fans of the genre.
Johnny Cobbles

14 October 2011 Louise Hector The Fifth Commandment

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