"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain". An elderly doctor is approached by a woman with a complicated request. Her husband is gravely ill and may die, and she is ... See full summary »
"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain". An elderly doctor is approached by a woman with a complicated request. Her husband is gravely ill and may die, and she is pregnant by someone else. If her husband dies, she wants to keep the child, but not otherwise, and she wants the doctor to give him an honest verdict on his chances. But the doctor is disturbed by her request, because his answer will directly affect the life or death of another human being. Is he entitled to play God? Written by
Michael Brooke <email@example.com>
One close look at this film will tell that there is always ample room for strong character portrayals in all of Kieslowski's films."Dekalog, Dwa" is a grim reminder of state controlled government institutions as it tackles a not so pleasant but touchy doctor-patient relationship. The entire film is a comment on how doctors should maintain their professional integrity when they deal with relatives of their patients who are anxious to know about the well being of their dear ones.Those who have appreciated Aleksander Bardini's role as a lawyer in Bez Konca (No End) will get a new chance to enjoy his acting abilities as he demonstrates how a simple hearted doctor can be coerced to extract information about a patient's well being.Looking at the role of a woman torn between her husband and her lover,played by Andrzej Wajda's protégée Krystyna Janda,it is hard to find how genuine is the love of such women for the men they claim to love ? Her character is depicted as a tormented soul who likes to get angry much too often.As usual Kieslowski has asked us too many moral questions whose answers are not so easy to guess.
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