"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...
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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
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And so I begin my way up the Dekalog, looking to come down on the other side into Kieslowski's Three Colors.
The template for the whole Dekalog is here in brief form; a world that seems to hold together for a while but comes undone with questions about the order of the things we see when the surface gives way. It's so simple, this one, you may overlook what a stunning piece he has crafted.
There's a father (later shown to be a linguist professor) who posits the world as the total sum of discoverable facts whose mechanism can be known and yet (as he explains in class) facts (words, phrases) spring from a metaphysical ground that mulls and decides on the meaning. His son asks him about death and the soul.
It's all in the marvelous ending that revisits the opening images. As loss floods his world and makes the ground give way, Kieslowski asks, how will you cope now? How will you come to terms with inevitably transient life if all you have is the horrible realization that you are to blame for buying the ice skates? The father's own worldview, hinging on one fact causing the other, leaves him no other option.
There's no telling how the world is going to swing today or yesterday. But you are free to perceive in as fluid or rigid a way as you can. Kieslowski presents a stark chain of events but is himself a fluid watcher; it begins with images from the night after.
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