The Decalogue - Series 1, Episode 5 - Rotten Tomatoes

Thou Shalt Not Kill



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Episode Info

Jacek (Miroslaw Baka) murders a cab driver and is sentenced to die, despite the efforts of his inexperienced lawyer. This episode was released in an expanded version as A Short Film About Killing.


Artur Barcis
as Young Man/ Bicyclist / Survey Crewman
Krystyna Janda
as Dorota Geller
Zbigniew Zapasiewicz
as Police Inspector [5]
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Critic reviews for Thou Shalt Not Kill

There are no niceties to this stark tale, which interweaves snippets of the lives of three men -- the killer, his taxi driver victim and the idealistic defense attorney who fails to save the condemned man from the gallows.

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

Decalogue Five is perhaps the most celebrated of the films. It is almost certainly the most artful.

April 5, 2017 | Full Review…

Krzysztof Kieslowski's treatment of "Thou shalt not kill" affirms the preciousness of life and stands squarely against murder by individuals or by the state.

April 4, 2017 | Full Review…

In both a micro and macro sense, then, Decalogue V isn't a call for justice, but for grace.

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

A lot less interesting than it sounds.

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

A raw, edgy, challenging work.

April 4, 2017 | Full Review…

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