Dekalog 1: 'I am the Lord thy God, Thou shalt have no other God but me'

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5 out of 5 stars
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It's a freezing early winter morning on the Warsaw estate where Pavel (Klata), an intelligent boy approaching teenage, and his lecturer father (Baranowski) are playing with computers. Using a scientific formula, they input the recent ground temperatures, which confirms the safety of the ice on the nearby ponds; and thus reassured, father allows Pavel to have his Christmas present (a pair of ice skates) early. That day, Pavel's pleasure in his intellectual accomplishments is tempered by the sadness he feels about a dead dog; and prompted by the Catholic talk of his beloved aunt (Komorowska), he is moved to question his father on the nature of the soul. 'Why' he asks, 'do people have to die at all?'. Kieslowski's moving drama unfolds with all the force of a metaphysical ghost story as the father, having heard that three children are feared dead on the ponds, begins a frenetic search to locate his son. The performances and direction are calibrated to perfection; the result is a film of shattering insight, laced with black humour and savage irony.

Release details

Duration:
53 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Screenwriter:
Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Cast:
Henryk Baranowski
Wojciech Klata
Maja Komorowska

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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A masterpiece of movie-making. Christians assume this movie to mean that the father pays the price of disregarding the first commandment by placing his faith in computer science. Who could respect such an ugly God? This movie shows me how ugly Roman Catholicism truly is and I believe that was Kieslowski's message no that we should all be scared of disobeying God's offensive firstcommandment.


A masterpiece of movie-making. Christians assume this movie to mean that the father pays the price of disregarding the first commandment by placing his faith in computer science. Who could respect such an ugly God? This movie shows me how ugly Roman Catholicism truly is and I believe that was Kieslowski's message no that we should all be scared of disobeying God's offensive firstcommandment.