The Decalogue: Season 1, Episode 3

Dekalog, trzy (18 May 1990)
"Dekalog" Dekalog, trzy (original title)

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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... See full summary »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Maria Pakulnis ...
Joanna Szczepkowska ...
Janusz' Wife
Artur Barcis ...
Krystyna Drochocka ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zygmunt Fok
Jacek Kalucki
Barbara Kolodziejska
Maria Krawczyk-Wazyk
Krzysztof Kumor
Wlodzimierz Musial
Jerzy Zygmunt Nowak
Wlodzimierz Rzeczycki
Piotr Rzymyszkiewicz
Dorota Stalinska


"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 sonnyschlaegel

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Polish capital Warsaw during Christmas as shown by Kieslowski and Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski.
20 August 2008 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

On umpteen occasions,Science has proved beyond doubt that loneliness is not only a psychological malady but also a perilous social ill. Loneliness of common people in a big city is aptly tackled by Polish cinéaste Kryzsztof Kieslowski.He conveys that during festive times people from all walks of life invariably need company as there is not much joy left in life if some people are forced to celebrate holy festival of Christmas alone at home.In "Dekalog,Trzy",Kieslowski has presented one of the most appropriate issues which has fatal consequences on family life.It is about infidelity.One can have a good look at Polish capital Warsaw at night during Christmas as a Taxi driver named Janusz decides to spend an eventful night with his former mistress Ewa.In this film Kieslowski launches a stern assault on government establishments of the erstwhile communist state of Poland. We are shown how cruelty of a government run institution disturbs ordinary citizens.Warsaw police is mocked too as it promptly comes looking for a stolen taxi without verifying whether the case is genuine or not.The film ends on a positive note when our protagonist decides to reform himself by being faithful to his wife.This brings a highly unusual Christmas night to a positive end.

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