The Decalogue: Season 1, Episode 1

I Am the Lord Thy God (10 Dec. 1989)
"Dekalog, jeden" (original title)

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"I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt have no other God but me." Ten-year-old Pawel and his father Krzysztof run their lives on their beloved home computer, while Pawel's aunt worries that his... See full summary »

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Henryk Baranowski ...
Wojciech Klata ...
Maja Komorowska ...
Artur Barcis ...
Man in the Sheepskin
Maria Gladkowska ...
Girl
Ewa Kania ...
Ewa Jezierska
Aleksandra Kisielewska ...
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Aleksandra Majsiuk ...
Ola
Magdalena Mikolajczak ...
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Maciej Slawinski
Anna Smal-Romanska
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"I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt have no other God but me." Ten-year-old Pawel and his father Krzysztof run their lives on their beloved home computer, while Pawel's aunt worries that his spiritual education is being neglected. But Pawel is too busy enjoying life, not least thanks to his father's Christmas present of a pair of ice skates, because the computer has calculated that the frozen lake is safe to skate across... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Kieslowski shows us a fight between science and human faith.
20 August 2008 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

It is true that Dekalog 1 was made 20 years ago by Kieslowski.A thing that can be said about human emotions is that they will however remain same regardless of the time factor.In the last two decades,a lot has changed in Poland and elsewhere.It is also true that contemporary computers do not look the same as they looked when they were filmed for this film but a big lesson for humanity that can be learnt from this film concerns the loss of a child which is a human being's greatest loss as other losses can be recouped but one can never recover a lost person."Dekalog,Jeden" is a great film by Kieslowski as it is one of the few successful films which challenge the supremacy of science over human faith and religion.Faith and Religion have become two of the most important topics of human existence and current day kids are readying themselves to search answers about them.This is also the case with this film's protagonist,a young boy named Pawel who is torn between two extremes.His inquisitiveness forces him to ask so many relevant but unsuitable questions for kids.His love for his father forces him to think of him as his god.This is an act which requires absolute dedication As in other films of this series,there is neither denial nor avowal of god.It is not the severe cold of Warsaw's snow capped buildings which is causing the most damage,it is the coldness of feelings,coldness of human heart which is harming human relationships beyond repair.


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