The Decalogue: Season 1, Episode 9

Decalogue Nine: Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife (29 Jun. 1990)
"Dekalog, dziewiec" (original title)

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"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife". Roman, after discovering his impotence, urges his wife Hanka to take a lover. She reluctantly complies, and Roman, despite his earlier words, ... See full summary »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Ewa Blaszczyk ...
Hanka
Piotr Machalica ...
Roman
Artur Barcis ...
Bicyclist
Jan Jankowski ...
Mariusz
Jolanta Pietek-Górecka ...
Ola
Katarzyna Piwowarczyk ...
Jerzy Trela ...
Mikolaj
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renata Berger
Malgorzata Boratynska
Jolanta Cichon
Janusz Cywinski
Slawomir Kwiatkowski
Dariusz Przychoda
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"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife". Roman, after discovering his impotence, urges his wife Hanka to take a lover. She reluctantly complies, and Roman, despite his earlier words, becomes obsessively jealous. Spying on her, he learns of her affair, and vows to kill himself - not knowing that Hanka was in fact breaking off the relationship... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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A compressed domestic tragedy founded on impotence
10 June 2000 | by (amherst, MA) – See all my reviews

Eventually, this episode from the DEKALOG series will take on a life of its own. Beginning with a melodramatic premise-- a successful young doctor afflicted with irremediable impotence instructs his loving wife to take a lover-- Kieslowski constructs a 50 minute drama of extraordinary impact, the end of which is an affirmation of their marriage as a spiritual state these partners only half-perceive themselves. I called the film tragic above, but its arc parallels Shakespeare's late romance, THE WINTER'S TALE, right down to a near-miraculous conclusion. A lovely piece of work.


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