Dekalog (1989–1990)
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Dekalog, siedem 

"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
Artur Barcis ... (credit only)
Bozena Dykiel ... Ticket Woman
Katarzyna Piwowarczyk Katarzyna Piwowarczyk ... Ania
Stefania Blonska Stefania Blonska
Miroslawa Maludzinska Miroslawa Maludzinska
Dariusz Jablonski ... Wojtek's friend
Ewa Radzikowska Ewa Radzikowska ... Palace of Culture and Science usher
Jan Mayzel ... Grzegorz
Wanda Wróblewska Wanda Wróblewska


"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 <>

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Poland | West Germany



Release Date:

15 June 1990 (Poland) See more »

Filming Locations:

Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland


Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Artur Barcis, who plays a recurring role in most episodes of Dekalog, was meant to play a man at the railway station, but did not appear in this episode due to technical difficulties. See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Lisa's First Word (1992) See more »

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Thou Shalt Not Steal.
19 June 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews


Krzystof Kieslowski; the co-writer and director, of this phenomenal ten part series, which is often claimed to be as ten hour long film, is a testament in itself, to filmmaking, storytelling and, art that drives all. With the crowd pleasing concept, the writers, Krzystof Kieslowski and Krzystof Piesiewicz, are actually enjoying. That's quite a shock, isn't it? The concepts are established, the theme well introduced, the cinematography almost like some painting, the metaphors spread across like elements and the characters staged with a spectacular choreography. What more is left, they wondered. And fun, is the answer they came up with.

Take each of the chapters individually and you'll see for a brief period everyone is let loose in their own rhythm. The cars zooming, couple laughing, mother discovering her son or daughter, friends tearing up, brother spiralling plan and a boy dancing after getting an approval from her crush. What a release it is, speechless, to see such calculated tales feeling no obligation, breaking their rules, for that one smile of the day. Another fine quality and major theme of these films is the physical sequences.

He wants you to scratch your brain, Kieslowski, when the physical acts are on the run. What is that urge that he gives birth to, that we feel compelled, almost insisting, on finishing that puzzle. No matter how carefree your attitude is, if someone is being chased or chasing, you would be mesmerized until they leave the frame. The spectators are too hovering around in these films, a particular one that can be seen in every chapter except for the last one, can often be considered as the perspective through which the germ of the idea that these creators had before magnifying these stories on screen. Now, as you can see, Dekalog is timeless not because of the hard work, but because of how much they loved working hard on it, they had fun as much as you had, I'd say that's a balanced world.

Dekalog, Siedem

Boy, was this complex. I mean, this has got to be a peak of twisting one's words. And what I love above all, is it wasn't as transparent as any other testaments and yet challenging himself and pushing his own boundaries, the creators are going deep and unpredictable, since this could have been their major issue to be verdicted with after, us being dipped into their world for seven straight hours.

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