A fine entry in the Decalogue. An emotional and affecting take on adultery (once again) and clearly about 'Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife'. The performances are excellent and it is very well shot. I must say this was probably the most obvious entry in the series but it is still powerful. Maybe I'll find it more complex and wrenching when I'm older, married, and with a cheating wife but we'll see.
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.
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.