Viewing this short story cycle through its (loose) response to the 10 Commandments is a stirring experience, especially since Kieślowski shows such necessary empathy for commandment breakers. No, it's not perfect; several episodes struggle to fill an hour. But the sweep of what it eloquently addresses is monumental. Master touch: cinema's best metaphorical god character, hovering in the background, never intervening
My #1 all time favorite film, if I were teaching a film class this will be perhaps? the only film I would use to quench my student's thirst. why? Because this magnificent series encompasses ALL those components a budding cineaste could utilized at his/her disposal, en-route to his/her auteur-ship.
It's tough to name another accomplishment since the invention of film that's quite as incredible as The Decalogue. Each episode is it's own little masterpiece. Even the worst one is pretty damn good, and the best ones are among the best work of on of the greatest directors ever, and that's on an individual level. As a whole, it's nothing shy of an absolute masterpiece.