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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I think this one will be the most underrated of the Dekalog series
10 May 2000 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

Probably like the majority of people who will read this comment, I had been waiting years for the Decalogue to be released on video. I had seen and loved The Double Life of Veronique and the Three Colors Trilogy, and this was the next step that I thought I would never be able to take. But then they actually released it on DVD and I was ecstatic! I have been watching them one at a time every once and a while since I got the set last week. At this point, I have seen the first three. I would say that #1 is the best, and one of the best films I've ever seen. I couldn't imagine a better 53 minutes of film ever being made. But I found #3 to be very close.

Like the first two, Dekalog 2 thrives on its extreme subtlety. I had to watch bits and pieces of all three episodes over again to understand it entirely (although I doubt I understand them entirely; I can tell that these will be films that I will watch many times in my life. A good thing, too, since they're only an hour long each!). And like the first two, #3 contained three lead performances that were no less than perfect (my God, each actor of the first three Dekalogs is so perfect!). Even the few bit parts in this episode (and the other episodes) were absolutely perfect. Watch the security guard at the station near the end of this episode. She comes roaring in on a skateboard and delivers the most perfect 1 minute performance I've ever seen in a film.

To recount the story would ruin it. (By the way, I'd like to make a small complaint about the descriptions of the episodes on the boxes. They tell you the entire plot of each episode! If you have not bought it yet, when you do (and you really should) don't read these descriptions. Just make sure you read the commandments each episode signifies). What I would like to say, though, is that I think this one will be a very underrated episode when more people have seen these films. I have read every review I could find for them, and none mention #3 any more than in passing. I think if you pay very close attention, maybe watch it a couple of times, you'll see that this one can be ranked among the best films ever made, too.

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