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Wry hitman fantasy shows wheelchair users’ reality in Kills on Wheels

by Brii Pike
Issue No. 2571

Zoli (Zoltán Fenyvesi) is drawn into a world of violence

Zoli (Zoltán Fenyvesi) is drawn into a world of violence

It’s no secret that disabled film roles tend to be played by able-bodied actors.

So watching director Attila Till’s Kills on Wheels, as a disabled performer and a wheelchair user myself, was a much needed breath of fresh air.

It’s a well-crafted film full of charisma and sensitivity, and with its disabled cast approaches a difficult and unique perspective.

The beauty of this film is the characters.

Zoli and Barba, two inseparable friends living in a rehabilitation facility for physically disabled people, struggle against a bleak prognosis.

Zoli, in need of life-saving surgery, resents the idea of his absent father funding it out of a sense of guilt and pity.

They both meet Rupasov, a darkly charismatic wheelchair user, and are drawn into world of hitmen, violence and carnage in the hopes of raising money.

The film is well cast and even more talentedly performed.

The humour, though subtle, is a mirror of life in a wheelchair—and this film never flinches away from that reality.

Lead actors Zoltán Fenyvesi, Szabolcs Thuróczy and Ádám Fekete draw the viewer into their world. The film dances artfully between fantasy and a grim reality.

The chemistry between Zoli and Rupasov as they navigate a dangerous world is exquisite.

Kills on Wheels is a direct message to directors.

Disabled people don’t often get a chance to shine on the screen. But when we do, we shine as brilliantly as those who are able bodied.

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