Roman, after discovering his impotence, urges his wife Hanka to take a lover. She reluctantly complies, and Roman, despite his earlier words, becomes obsessively jealous. Spying on her, he learns of her affair, and vows to kill himself…
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Great for a double session with "Breaking the Waves". In fact, Von Trier's 1996 film seems to be a re-enactment of the same trauma. He puts a couple through the same trial, with different consequences. (Not exactly, though, some plot elements are switched, causes become effects and effects become causes, which makes it even more interesting). This is one of the most interesting of the Decalogue series.
Perhaps the most somber and unassumingly cinematic of the series, with Piotr Sobociński's (Three Colours: Red) camera splitting the frame into narrow channels of obscured sight--a formal move which well conveys the tunneled vision of desperate love. Cool tempered, understated, and the first instance of "Van den budenmayer".
90/100 - Amazing.
8/10. A harrowing look at the destructive unspoken within a marriage in which the man is impotent. Beautiful voyeuristic camerawork constantly peaks around corners, through windows and out of closet doors to immerse us in the intimate story.