The Decalogue: Season 1, Episode 4

Decalogue Four: Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother (25 May 1990)
"Dekalog, cztery" (original title)

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"Honour thy father and thy mother". Young Anka and her father have lived together since her mother's death, and have always been more like close friends than father and daughter. One day, ... See full summary »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Adrianna Biedrzynska ...
Anka
Janusz Gajos ...
Michal
Artur Barcis ...
Young Man
Adam Hanuszkiewicz ...
Professor
Jan Tesarz ...
Taxi Driver
Andrzej Blumenfeld ...
Michal's Friend
Tomasz Kozlowicz ...
Jarek
Elzbieta Kilarska ...
Jarek's Mother
Helena Norowicz ...
Doctor
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Igor Smialowski
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"Honour thy father and thy mother". Young Anka and her father have lived together since her mother's death, and have always been more like close friends than father and daughter. One day, Anka discovers a letter from her mother whose contents make her question her whole relationship with her father... if that's indeed who he is. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Decalogue 4 : One of the most mature episodes directed by Kieslowski.
12 January 2014 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

Decalogue 4 is about a girl Anka and her father Michal who share a playful relationship full of fun. They care for each other and would go to any extent in order to prevent any harm to either of them. However, as all relationships are stable before the discovery of a secret, Anka and Michal have serious misgivings about their relationship when they discover a secret in the form of a mysterious letter addressed to Anka which was written by her mother. The effects are serious with far reaching consequences for them : Anka allows restlessness to settle in herself whereas Michal is merely able to explain that he wanted to tell her about the secret but could not do it due to the age difference. It is quite evident that here Kieslowski seems to be questioning the validity of a relationship whose success or a failure depends on a secret. Hence, we get a clear view of the relationship before the secret and the relationship after the secret. Decalogue 4 is about what it means to be a father as girls view their father differently from how they consider their mothers. One of the most puzzling episodes of ten commandments, Decalogue is the most mature episode due to its mature content. It has ethical implications too as it is a good mix of truth and lies. Lastly, Decalogue 4 and Kieslowski state that fabrication of lies is required to attain a satisfactory amount of truth.


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