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Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain

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Episode Info

As Dorota's (Krystyna Janda) husband lies dying, she must decide whether or not to terminate her pregnancy by another man.

Cast

Artur Barcis
as Young Man/ Bicyclist / Survey Crewman
Jan Tesarz
as Taxi Driver
Miros?aw Baka
as Lazar Jacek
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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.

April 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

April 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Somewhat roundabout on the whole.

April 4, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

April 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

April 3, 2017 | Full Review…

As in Dekalog 1, the film's power comes from the precise, economic delineation of character and circumstance.

April 3, 2017 | Full Review…

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