The Decalogue
The Decalogue (1998)

Dekalog: Nine Roman and Hanka have a loving marriage, but his impotence has led to her having an affair. The unbearable situation drives Roman to extreme measures both physically and mentally, testing their love and his own will to live.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2000
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Consensus: With awe-inspiring ambition to match its powerful assemblage of acting talent, The Decalogue stands as a singular achievement in writer-director Krzysztof Kieslowski's filmography -- as well as the history of Polish cinema.

Andrew O'Hehir

Nothing like Dekalog had ever been attempted on TV before, in Poland or the United States or anywhere else, and its narrative and thematic ambition is still impressive almost 30 years later.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

Is this masterwork film or TV or some line-straddling combination? Answer: When it's this terrific, who really cares?

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A 10-part masterwork: modern stories, inspired by the Ten Commandments, that explore some of the deepest and most difficult complications of the human condition.

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Kristin M. Jones
Wall Street Journal

As Piotr says in Dekalog: Five: "Everyone wonders if what they do has any meaning. I'm afraid that that meaning gets harder and harder to find." Dekalog challenges us to search for it in a complex world.

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Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

You marvel at the precision of its filmmaking even as it spreads an atmosphere of moral unease.

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Matt Prigge

It's the compassion that towers over "The Dekalog," even moreso than its insane ambition.

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Ella Taylor

The tales in Dekalog conduct a mesmerizing dialogue with God and science, with free will and fate, with the many ways in which indifference or cruelty echo and repeat down the generations.

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Variety Staff

It is difficult to single out performances in the uniformly excellent casts, which feature some of the top talent in Poland.

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Andy Crump
The Playlist

Intimidating or not, Dekalog is required viewing for any cinephile.

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Flixster Audience Score: 98% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
Epic! It's well worth the time commitment to watch these modern envisionments of the ten commandments. These interpretations are rife with ethical… More
Brian R
Will write more in the future... Decalogue One: I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt have no other gods before me. So far I have watched the first episode.… More
Ken Stachnik
Decalogue I - 5/5 Decalogue II - 4/5 Decalogue III - 4/5 Decalogue IV - Decalogue V - 4/5 Decalogue VI - 3.5/5 Decalogue VII - Decalogue VIII - Decalogue IX -… More
Tom S.
Individually, each film is good. As a whole it's just too much.
John Ballantine
Fabulous series of films that originally aired on Polish television based on the ten commandments. A well invested eight hours.