Wednesday, June 22, 2011
#144: Decalogue VII
(To read the first in this series, please click here.)
Chapter: Thou shalt not steal.
Gist: A young mother, Majka, escapes with her child from her own home. The catch being, because Majka bore the child when she was 16, her parents didn't reveal the baby to be Majka's child, instead making the world believe the child was Majka's sister.
Script: If you overlook the small matter of attention to details as to:
a.) How did Majka's Mom escape being noticed as not being pregnant and suddenly having a child and
b.) How did Majka's neighbors/ friends not notice her pregnancy, the script comes across as a touching story laden with sensitivities involved in the relationship between a mother and her child.
Acting: Quite good, especially Majka's mother who treated Majka's kid like her own and in her love for the kid doesn't shower the same affection for Maika herself.
Technical craft: No standout moments but can't point fingers on anything either.
Piece de resistance moments: The last scene. All Majka wanted to do is love her own child and she couldn't and the scene without any dialogue encapsulates the movie with one deft touch.
In a nutshell: Decalogue VII pushes all the right buttons but not hard enough to leave an impact. This chapter is par for the course.
Decalogue Rating: 5/10
P.S: Rating here implies a relative rank compared to the other 9 chapters and not an absolute rank in itself.