“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s goods” – especially not when it leads to the conclusion of this black comedy about two brothers who inherit their father’s valuable stamp collection and end up paying rather more than they bargained for..
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A jaunty and most buoyant entry of the Decalogue. A phenomenal finish, very heartwarming with two lovable characters. A great piece on family, brotherhood, and the commandment 'Thy Shall Not Covet Thy Neighbors Goods'. Greed is in us all and it gets the worst of people but the people closest to you are worth are priceless. Forgiveness is priceless. This ends the finest film series I've ever seen.
A black comedy with dry humour and notable performances. By Kieslowski standards, this episode is downright entertaining, from the walkman at the funeral to dog interactions to the nurse copping a feel. With less camera movement, medium shots, and shorter takes, X feels breezy in comparison to the rest, most like an episode of television. It provides relief from the weight of the series without...
80/100 - Great.
An unexpectedly tragicomic capstone to the monumental Decalogue. The grotesque pop culture that preaches the anti-commandments is gently 'forgiven' and redeemed as a rock singer and his conformist brother are tempted into their father's riches. Again, contingency has the upper hand in what is another beautiful meditation on making sense of grace in modernity, leading eventually to a humanly flawed reconciliation.
I truly enjoyed this one, which all in all is rather more of a dark farce than a serious moral dilemma. It ends the series on the priceless nature of human bounds in a commendably strong dénonciation of the dangers of living to own, moreso pointless keepsakes, without shying from explaining why it happens.