"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." Janusz is a taxi driver. It's Christmas Eve, and he honours the (Polish) traditions for this (holy) day: he gives presents to the members of his...
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"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." Janusz is a taxi driver. It's Christmas Eve, and he honours the (Polish) traditions for this (holy) day: he gives presents to the members of his family and attends Midnight Mass. Later, Ewa, a woman who he had betrayed his wife with three years earlier, asks him to help her. Her husband is missing, and she asks him to help her search for him. Should Janusz stay home to keep the day holy? Or should he help Ewa, who says she needs his help, to keep the day holy? Is it his duty to help her? This episode seems to be both about the third commandment and about some of the other commandments, for example "Thou shalt not commit adultery" and "Thou shalt not lie". Written by
On Christmas eve a taxi driver is compelled by his former mistress to leave home and family to search for her husband. The quest is Kafkaesque, gloomy and bleak, leading to the fringes of the city, parts of society outside all holiday's. We are supposed to glimpse the hunger within us all, here the loneliness of women, including at the last moment, to our surprise, the man's own wife. The conflict between the man and the mistress is often notched up just for dramatic effect; there seems no point to a police chase other than for the excitement of the chase. A naked man repeatedly walks through dragging a Christmas tree, lamenting "Where is my home?" (an example of spurious symbolism). The search itself turns out to be spurious, an allegory. Moral: honor god, his Sabbath, by succoring your fellow mortals. There is no other relief.
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