One of the most cryptic episodes of the Decalogue, IV plays up the problem of elusive boundaries, the unspoken 'transgression' (in the shape of jealousy/attraction), and, ulltimately, the irrelevance of the letter as the 'secret' had already secreted in the lives of the characters. A masterclass of 'optics' (both the opening shot and the visit to the opthalmologist), which unites Anka's and the audience's plight.
An uncomfortable/disturbing look at the electra complex and father/daughter relationships. A creepy watch. I think it's a rebuke of the relationship and that the letter was true. The commandment this one's on is clearly Honour thy father and thy mother and it is a test to see the boundaries & hypocrisies of so called rules like what was done with the other pieces. Strange to see some to want the letter to be a lie
A self-consciously theatrical two-hander, wondering (in a weirdly Freudian style) if the parent-child relationship can be kept sacred from all the otherwise omnipresent troubles/urges/complications between people. And a human suggestion that maybe predicating life on a lie isn't always a bad idea.
Polish legend Janusz Gajos (Three Colors: White, Interrogation) is movingly understated in his role as a conflicted father accepting but unresponsive to his mixed feelings for the daughter that never truly was. A scintillating look at an unusual father-daughter relationship and what it reveals about platonic love. 88/100 - Excellent. (4.5)