The Decalogue: Season 1, Episode 3

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

TV Episode  -   -  Drama
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 2,019 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 11 critic

"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 »

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 18 Oct 2011
 
list image
a list of 1552 titles
created 01 Sep 2012
 
list image
a list of 865 titles
created 13 Aug 2013
 
list image
a list of 195 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 43 titles
created 6 days ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Dekalog, trzy" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Dekalog, trzy (18 May 1990)

Dekalog, trzy (18 May 1990) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Decalogue.
« Previous Episode | 3 of 10 Episodes | Next Episode »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
...
Janusz
Maria Pakulnis ...
Ewa
Joanna Szczepkowska ...
Janusz' Wife
Artur Barcis ...
Tram-driver
Krystyna Drochocka ...
Aunt
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
Edit

Storyline

"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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 May 1990 (West Germany)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy"
6 February 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I watched the first two episodes of Kieslowski's "Dekalog" in 2007, and then inexplicably stopped there. I don't understand why, since I remember the episodes – particularly the first one – as being supremely moving and emotional works. Episode 3 doesn't have the emotional punch of its two predecessors, but remains an exquisitely-made and often haunting one-hour drama. The loneliness of the story's characters is completely heartbreaking, playing on the irony that, for many people, Christmas Eve can be the loneliest night of all.

On the night of Christmas Eve, taxi driver and husband Janusz (Daniel Olbrychski) falsely reports the theft of his car, and spends the night with Ewa (Maria Pakulnis), a former old mistress who harbours mixed feelings towards their prior relationship. Interestingly, no adulterous behaviour actually takes place; Janusz agrees to help find Ewa's partner, whom she claims has been lost since noon. They drive through the eerily deserted Polish streets, visiting morgues and railway stations, while trying to reconcile their chequered history.

The couple engage in a needless high-speed pursuit from the police. Perhaps Janusz's guilt at abandoning his wife on Christmas Eve led him to flee punishment, despite being the legal owner of the car. Or perhaps such moments of adrenaline, with the suicidal Ewa refusing to wear a seatbelt, are an attempt to recapture the sexual excitement of their former adulterous relationship, an element probably missing from Janusz's conventional home life.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Do any non-Christians like the Decalogue? RidiculousRandomPerson
Book On Pillow (#9)? chuck-526
How do you rate these ten films? redwoods168
Ep. 8, 'Thou shall not bear false witness' - question AnnaScreengazer
OK for kids??? odysseydave
Did the Dr. lie in Part 2? fluffyburger
Discuss Dekalog, trzy (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?