When Gil Rossellini finished his autobiographical docu "Kill Gil (Vol. 1)," he was looking forward to tackling the physical challenges ahead, confident the worst was behind him. All was not so rosy, as he explains in the sequel, "Kill Gil (Vol. 2)." Fests that programmed the first installment will welcome the update.

When Gil Rossellini finished his autobiographical docu “Kill Gil (Vol. 1),” he was looking forward to tackling the physical challenges ahead, confident the worst was behind him. All was not so rosy, as he explains in the sequel, “Kill Gil (Vol. 2).” Less focused than his earlier pic, and feeling as if it were rushed through editing in time for the Venice preem, docu details the subsequent complications and small triumphs as he copes with the aftermath of a rare bacterial infection that’s left him paralyzed. Fests that programmed the first installment will welcome the update.

After last year’s Venice bow Rossellini suffered a setback that forced him back to the hospital in Switzerland (undoubtedly the “ne plus ultra” of rehab centers). As in the earlier pic, he documents with a clinical eye the ravages wrought on his body: shudder-worthy bedsores, major scars, tendon operations, etc. Through ups and downs, his determination and enthusiasm for life rarely flag, though pain is never far away. Vid and sound quality are problematic, but the homemade feel, with contributions from friends and family, adds to the sense of an everyman confronting a personal hell.

Kill Gil (Vol. 2)

Italy-Switzerland

Production

A Rossellini & Associati (Italy)/Swiss Center for Paraplegics (Switzerland)/RaiSat (Italy) production. (International sales: Rossellini & Associati, Rome.) Produced by Gil Rossellini. Co-producers, Marco Donati, Nicola Lodi-Fe, Toni Wyss. Directed, written by Gil Rossellini. Co-director, Ingeborg Wyss-Hurni.

Crew

Camera (color, DigiBeta Pal), Isabella Rossellini, Marco Donati, Gil Rossellini, John Leen, Jens Rosenbaum, Wyss-Hurni; editor, Wyss-Hurni; music, Pericle Sponzilli. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (Horizons), Aug. 30, 2006. Running time: 90 MIN.
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