Dekalog (1989–1990)
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Dekalog, dwa 

"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain". An elderly doctor is approached by a woman with a complicated request. Her husband is gravely ill and may die, and she is ... See full summary »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Krystyna Janda ... Dorota Geller
Aleksander Bardini ... Consultant
Olgierd Lukaszewicz ... Andrzej Geller
Artur Barcis ... Hospital Orderly
Stanislaw Gawlik ... Postman
Krzysztof Kumor ... Gynecologist
Maciej Szary Maciej Szary ... Apartment Caretaker
Krystyna Bigelmajer Krystyna Bigelmajer ... Nurse
Jerzy Fedorowicz ... Janek
Karol Dillenius Karol Dillenius ... Patient
Piotr Siejka ... Doctor
Ewa Ekwinska Ewa Ekwinska ... Barbara
Aleksander Trabczynski Aleksander Trabczynski ... Friend of Dorota's lover
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"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain". An elderly doctor is approached by a woman with a complicated request. Her husband is gravely ill and may die, and she is pregnant by someone else. If her husband dies, she wants to keep the child, but not otherwise, and she wants the doctor to give him an honest verdict on his chances. But the doctor is disturbed by her request, because his answer will directly affect the life or death of another human being. Is he entitled to play God? Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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There are no answers for some moral questions.
20 August 2008 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

One close look at this film will tell that there is always ample room for strong character portrayals in all of Kieslowski's films."Dekalog, Dwa" is a grim reminder of state controlled government institutions as it tackles a not so pleasant but touchy doctor-patient relationship. The entire film is a comment on how doctors should maintain their professional integrity when they deal with relatives of their patients who are anxious to know about the well being of their dear ones.Those who have appreciated Aleksander Bardini's role as a lawyer in Bez Konca (No End) will get a new chance to enjoy his acting abilities as he demonstrates how a simple hearted doctor can be coerced to extract information about a patient's well being.Looking at the role of a woman torn between her husband and her lover,played by Andrzej Wajda's protégée Krystyna Janda,it is hard to find how genuine is the love of such women for the men they claim to love ? Her character is depicted as a tormented soul who likes to get angry much too often.As usual Kieslowski has asked us too many moral questions whose answers are not so easy to guess.


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Country:

Poland | West Germany

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

11 May 1990 (Poland) See more »

Filming Locations:

Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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