Dekalog III & IV

Dekalog III
Christmas Eve gives way to a night of reckoning for Janusz and Ewa, whose chance meeting at mass prompts their twin reflections on their affair and their lives since its end. With shades of Vertigo, Ewa’s words become a game and her emotions a performance in this all-nighter through Kraków’s streets, train stations, hospitals, and dumping grounds for drunkards. As Ewa dares Janusz to make himself more and more vulnerable, Kieślowski speculates around the commandment “thou shalt not commit adultery,” albeit with more sympathy for his characters’ futile struggle than pronouncements of condemnation.

Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1988, DCP restoration, 58 min.

Dekalog IV
In his fourth chapter of life inside the building, Kieślowski tackles one his toughest topics yet: an intimate and loving father-daughter relationship. The interdependent pair’s normality is quickly thrown into pandemonium at the discovery of a never-quite disclosed letter. Kieślowski’s “moral tale” methodology glows with mystery this time around—and is all the better for it—as we watch Anka and Michal’s stumbling attempts to, by turns, root their parent-child relationship in society’s norms, and also to undo it.

Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1988, DCP restoration, 57 min.

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