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Decalogue Nine: Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife 

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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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Hanka
Piotr Machalica ...
Roman
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Bicyclist
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Mariusz
Jolanta Pietek-Górecka ...
Ola
Katarzyna Piwowarczyk ...
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Mikolaj
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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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The finest piece of cinema in the Decalogue
28 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I notice that not too many people have commented on Decalogue Nine. I find this remarkable, but I think it might be because not too many people get this far in the series. From a writing standpoint, the best of the series are in the middle (I would say, maybe, 3, 5, and 6), but from a cinematic standpoint, Nine is the best. It predicts a lot of the trick film-making he would go on to do in Trois Couleurs: Bleu. Take note particularly of the shots through glass and the on the elevator in which the characters act in a scene somewhere between strobe light and slide show. All of this is not to say, however, that the writing or acting in this one are sub-par. In fact, the man who plays the doctor is remarkable and, like all of the films, there is a powerful ambiguity in which Kieslowski and Piesiewicz seem to, at once, take the commandments with a grain of salt and look upon them with the utmost seriousness.


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