"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 ...
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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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Decalogue 7 : Polish director Kieslowski gave us all an excellent lesson in parenting.
In Decalogue 7, some tough questions are asked by Kieslowski about parenting especially the roles played by both a father as well as a mother. This film is told through the tough life of Ania-a young girl raised by her real grand mother Ewa, who does not know that in reality Majka is her real mother. As the film develops, audiences are bombarded with tough ethical as well as moral questions. Who is the real mother to a child ? The woman who gives "biological birth" to a child or a woman who is merely better at looking after a child. These questions make a lot of sense for Ania as it is not her mother Majka but grand mother Ewa who is able to allay her fears whenever she wakes up in night due to bad dreams about wolves. Regardless of what one might say, a true woman who has borne a child would always want herself to be addressed as "Maman/Mummy/Mother". She would never appreciate her child calling her by the first name. It is due to this dilemma that Majka is compelled to take Ania with her. This twist in the story raises a simple yet highly complex question : Can one steal what belongs to one self ? The answer is simple. No, one cannot steal what belongs to oneself. One merely needs to ask about one's own belongings if they have gone into other hands. This is the ethical element which Kieslowski must have wanted to present in his film. Like in some other films made by him, Kieslowski is honest as far the portrayal of characters is concerned. In Decalogue 7, the portrayal of men is brutal, frank and honest without any embellishments as men in this short film were mere mute spectators. They are not being able to make much difference in the lives of their daughters. Lastly, what makes this short film a good moving experience is that the maturity level of Ania is very high compared to other girls of her age group.
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