Saturday, June 18, 2011

#141: Decalogue X

(To read the first in this series, please click here.)

Chapter: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods

Gist: Two sons, Jerry and Artur, chance upon their dead father's valuable stamp collection that's worth millions. Except they don't know what to do with it.

Script: A wonderful story of two brothers who come together after the departure of their father. Their disparate lifestyles converge into a small apartment where their father died. It's a story with quite a few highs and lows and that keeps you cued right into the soul of the movie.

Acting: Commendable. The brothers are different from each other, While Jerry is the elder statesman with a settled family and job, Artur is the vocalist of the popular local rock band, Death City. They were never attached to their father yet through his stamp collection come to respect him for his dedication. The character transformation is stark and brought out beautifully by the lead actors Zbigniew Zamachowski and Jerzy Stuhr.

Technical craft: The story has shades of humor and irony and hence the typical extreme Kieslowski closeups take a back seat, giving way to mid-close and long shots. It suits the story as does a rebellious song first up that works as a neat device giving inroads about Artur's character.

Piece de resistance moments:
Artur's confession outside a hospital and Jerry's reaction and subsequently, the ending- a memorable and touching moment between the brothers.

In a nutshell: Decalogue X is one of those stories that would be a stimulating initiation for anyone who is yet to watch a Decalogue. . It's steady and sure-footed pace coupled with a robust script makes it an enjoyable watch.

Decalogue Rating: 6/10
P.S: Rating here implies a relative rank compared to the other 9 chapters and not an absolute rank in itself.