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Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor
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Critic reviews for Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor
Part 8 is a story that talks its way through a confrontation between an American translator of Polish writing and an elderly ethics professor with whom she shared a life-threatening moral dilemma during World War II.
Not only is a previous episode directly referenced, but the entire film is about the danger of applying intellectual analysis to ethical situations. Doing so, Decalogue VIII suggests, often denies the basic humanity involved.
Sounds very powerful, but the female bonding and chatty trips through the past make this episode far too weepy and sentimental.
In this gripping dramatic treatment of "Thou shalt not bear false witness" Krzysztof Kieslowski examines the impact our words and deeds have upon others.
Decalogue Eight is among the more structurally interesting, self-reflexive entries.
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