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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What happens when a dishonest husband learns of his wife's innocent infidelity ?
29 September 2008 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

A knowledgeable film enthusiast will surely know the way in which infidelity is treated by some of the biggest names in European cinema. For a good example there is French Hitchcock Claude Chabrol whose films take pleasure in showing husbands brutally killing the lovers of their wives when they come to know of their wives' foolish infidelities.There is also Krzysztof Kieslowski,a Polish cinéaste who presents an East European vision of modern Polish society dealing with males and females cheating their respective partners."Dekalog: Dekalog,Dziewiec (#1.9)" turns out to be an outstanding infidelity film as it makes an honest attempt to link marital infidelity with confidence,trust and love which is needed by all couples in order to nurture and sustain their married lives.In this medium length feature Kieslowski asks a challenging question :can a bourgeois couple have reason to cheat each other if they have everything which they could wish for ? It is for the viewers to search for an answer which suits their intellectual level keeping in mind that nothing worthwhile can be said about a couple which is dishonest in spite of having no dearth of emotional richness.


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