Roman, after discovering his impotence, urges his wife Hanka to take a lover. She reluctantly complies, and Roman, despite his earlier words, becomes obsessively jealous. Spying on her, he learns of her affair, and vows to kill himself…
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Another powerful episode in the Decalogue that revisits the themes of surveillance as desire, the ethical impotence around the latter and the fallibility of human action. The play with contingency is once more fascinating and the mise-en-scène, sparse but attractively cinematic. The traumatized reconciliation is handled with maturity and the duo sustains this drama with major committment and contained frustration.
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.
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.
The tension is lost of me due to different social expectations and upbringing.
Still great, bit less so than other in the series. Or as I was sharing with my lover, another episode us comfortably non monogamous people won't get.
8/10. A harrowing look at the destructive unspoken within a marriage in which the man is impotent. Beautiful voyeuristic camerawork constantly peaks around corners, through windows and out of closet doors to immerse us in the intimate story.