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Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain
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Critic reviews for Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain
Kieslowski goes beyond the Commandments' specifics... and turns each episode into a slice of life carved out of a community of late-Communist-era Poles living in a high-rise apartment complex in Warsaw.
Here, as elsewhere in the series, the dramatic engine is the contrast between two characters. Kieslowski connects the two with one of his signature big, fluid camera moves.
In terms of form, Decalogue II displays a notable preference for telling insert shots, from the leaves that the wife rips off her houseplant to the torturous drips of water on the metal footboard of the husband's hospital bed.
In this ethically charged drama, writer/director Krzysztof Kieslowski shows the danger of taking the Lord's name in vain, either by playing God ourselves or by handing over our God-given powers to others.
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