Seemingly less cinematic than other Decalogue episodes, VIII offers a brooding little essay on memory and forgiveness, coupled to the multitude of ethical dilemmas that WWII carnage bequathed to moral philosophy. The device of the lecture hall is great and it contains a superb scene of the duplication of 'refusal', this time by the now bourgeois ex-victims of Nazism. It also includes a link to episode II. Serene.
Incredibly subtle and massive in its implications, although that could also be said of the other entries, episode 8 of the Decalogue is a melancholy enigma of a film. What is ethical and not ethical? Clearly the 1943 Holocaust incident is unethical. But is it unethical for the two to reconcile? It's almost as if Kieslowski is asking himself and the viewer, is this right? To be honest, I don't think he approves.
Kieslowski ruminates for an hour on the scars of WWII on Poland. And oddly, it may be one of the most hopeful chapters of the Decalogue, focusing as it does on lies—their reasons, their consequences—with attention paid to people who, late in life, are ready to reconcile with the truth.
this actress Maria Koscialkowska has great facial expressions.I guess kieslowski thought of making an effective film with close plans.Because when she was listening story her eyes react according to the story.Looks like it is not a movie and she is really listening .it is capture of that moment. in a strange way number of movies that she was starring of this actress only 3. But she is perfect.