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2,965 Ratings

The Decalogue


Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
Poland, 1989
Drama, TV Mini-series


The Ten Commandments, exact and uncompromising, literally cast in stone, continues to provide a source of moral conflict in contemporary society. In the ten part epic masterpiece, The Decalogue, Krzysztof Kieslowski examines the dilemma of fundamental sin in the lives of ordinary Warsaw citizens.

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The Decalogue Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1989 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize

National Board of Review

2000 | Winner: Outstanding Cinematic Series (Special Citation)

Ultimately, a somewhat didactic conservative message is overshadowed out by Kieślowski’s audacious, lyrical, and ultimately humanist approach. Each episode of Dekalog deals in some form with mortality, and Krsyzstof’s confrontation with the inevitability of death leads to one of Kieślowski’s most beautiful sequences…
November 16, 2016
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The documentarian in spirit is well aware that reality is no story with beginning, middle, and end (even as reworked in Jean-Luc Godard’s “not necessarily in that order”). The characters’ partial recurrence in other films in Dekalog episodes and the forging of alternate versions are just two examples of the haunting at the heart of Kieślowski’s art.
September 26, 2016
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They’re Polish Catholics, and though not all are believers, a God-like or Christ-like figure hovers over their transgressions in various guises, looking worried. Perpetually confounded, these ordinary folk inhabit a film masterpiece of urgent philosophical inquiry that asks the eternal question, How shall we live? And as every storyteller knows, we are never messier, funnier or more poignant than when we are trying to be good.
September 01, 2016
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