The Decalogue: Season 1, Episode 7

Decalogue Seven: Thou Shalt Not Steal (15 Jun. 1990)
"Dekalog, siedem" (original title)

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"Thou shalt not steal" - but in this case the 'theft' is of a child by her real mother, who then finds herself emotionally unable to cope with the responsibility, while the stable and ... See full summary »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Anna Polony ...
Ewa
Maja Barelkowska ...
Majka
Wladyslaw Kowalski ...
Stefan
Boguslaw Linda ...
Wojtek
Bozena Dykiel ...
Ticket Woman
Katarzyna Piwowarczyk ...
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Artur Barcis
Stefania Blonska
Dariusz Jablonski
Miroslawa Maludzinska
Jan Mayzel
Ewa Radzikowska
Wanda Wróblewska
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"Thou shalt not steal" - but in this case the 'theft' is of a child by her real mother, who then finds herself emotionally unable to cope with the responsibility, while the stable and loving family that brought the child up are distraught. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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"Though shalt not steal"
6 March 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Episode 7 of 'Dekalog' is substantially less intense than most of those that preceded it, and seems rather less complex, as well. Young Majka (Maja Barelkowska) has surrendered her daughter Ania, the product of a teenager pregnancy, to the care of her mother, Ewa (Anna Polony). Here, Kieslowski condemns the sins of both parties: Ewa for taking possession of Ania as a substitute daughter (following her own inability to conceive a second child), and Majka for "stealing" back the child, despite being an inexperienced and arguably unfit mother. There's a bit of Tarkovskian flair in the cinematography by Dariusz Kuc. In one scene, Majka and Ania pause at the riverside beneath a bridge, and watch the current swirl debris downstream. It's such a lonely moment, incredibly peaceful and yet hauntingly so.


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