The Decalogue: Season 1, Episode 10

Decalogue Ten: Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Goods (24 Jun. 1989)
"Dekalog, dziesiec" (original title)

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Jerzy Stuhr ...
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Zbigniew Zamachowski ...
Artur
Henryk Bista ...
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Olaf Lubaszenko ...
Maciej Stuhr ...
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Elzbieta Panas
Jerzy Turek
Grzegorz Warchol
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"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods" - especially not when it leads to the conclusion of this black comedy about two brothers who inherit their father's valuable stamp collection and end up paying rather more than they bargained for... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Based on a chain of events due to a singular inheritance.
23 April 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

The end of one of the greatest series of all time. A tragicomic and paradoxical story about the desire for possession in-itself, involving the quiet existence of two brothers moved to behave in a foolish way against the will of their father by the hidden springs of human actions.

Based on a chain of events due to a singular inheritance, "Dekalog 10" (Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods) is quite different from the other episodes of the series, but its high level of quality is a warranty as to the accuracy of the story. From a cinematic point of view the style is both ironic and grotesque and introduces a rich vein of frisky sense of humor. Kieslowski makes us perceive the necessity of a sigh of relief at the end of his human saga. He likes probably to say good-bye to us with a slight smile hovered on his lips, figuratively speaking. And even if at first sight, judging by appearances, he may seem eager to take a few moments to pause maybe in order to rid himself of all the stress stored in his body after nine destabilizing episodes, (look for instance at the impersonal photographic quality of his sequences, resulting in a less troubled atmosphere) the structure of the story is more complex than one might think. After a more careful probing of the key elements in "Dekalog 10", we can find some emblematic metaphors about the desire for possession merely for the purpose of possession itself. A mystifying anchorage during these difficult times. In the long run such eagerness can spread over the life of the soul like a catching disease, in such a way as to compel the human being to withdraw into himself. But Kieslowski doesn't like playing the moralist: he wants to be a witness, he tries so hard to do a careful investigation about unpredictable human events but doesn't claim to act the Supreme Judge as a substitute for the divine authority.

What's left at the end of the whole Dekalog series? The consciousness of one of the higher goals of human talent together with the sensation of an epochal masterpiece of vast proportions. A journey through the complex structure of the human psyche in order to check its reaction mechanisms and reveal every malfunctions in a strict impersonal way. Once again we may be able to draw moral conclusions from what is depicted here: the littleness of man's mind in comparison with the unpredictability of future events.


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