Monday, June 27, 2011

#147: Decalogue I

(For the first in this series, please click here)

Chapter: I am thy Lord God

Gist: A beautiful portrayal of a father-son relationship

Script: Thumbs up. It's an O' Henry kind of a story unfolding on-screen.

Acting: One of the few decalogues where the characters don't have much emotional baggage. The son's gay abandon is a glimpse into a bright childhood nurtured by a doting father. Their camaraderie is reminiscent of the times we couldn't take a step without our father's approval.

Technical craft: Some great touches in the outdoor shots of the snow covered lake.

Piece de resistance moments: The chess match and the climax- the latter without any spoken dialogue and yet powerful enough to jolt you.

In a nutshell: A masterpiece of a chapter.

Decalogue Rating: 9/10

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