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'''''The Decalogue - IV''''' (Polish: Dekalog, cztery) is a fourth part of the television series [[The Decalogue]] by Polish director [[Krzysztof Kieślowski]], loosely connected to the fourth imperative of the [[Ten Commandments]]: '''''Honor thy father and thy mother'''''.
 
'''''The Decalogue - IV''''' (Polish: Dekalog, cztery) is a fourth part of the television series [[The Decalogue]] by Polish director [[Krzysztof Kieślowski]], loosely connected to the fourth imperative of the [[Ten Commandments]]: '''''Honor thy father and thy mother'''''.
 
Uncertainty about her real parentage complicates the bond between a young woman (Adrianna Biedrzynska) and her father ([[Janusz Gajos]]).
 
Uncertainty about her real parentage complicates the bond between a young woman (Adrianna Biedrzynska) and her father ([[Janusz Gajos]]).
<ref>[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094986/ Episode overview on www.imdb.com]</ref>
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Decalogue IV
File:Decalogue 03-04.jpg
DVD poster
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Produced by Ryszard Chutkovski
Written by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Starring Adrianna Biedrynska
Janusz Gajos
Adam Hanuszkiewicz
Music by Zbigniew Preisner
Cinematography Krzysztof Pakulski
Edited by Ewa Smal
Distributed by Polish Television
Release date
1988
Running time
56 min.
Country Template:FilmPoland
Language Polish
Budget $10.000

The Decalogue - IV (Polish: Dekalog, cztery) is a fourth part of the television series The Decalogue by Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski, loosely connected to the fourth imperative of the Ten Commandments: Honor thy father and thy mother. Uncertainty about her real parentage complicates the bond between a young woman (Adrianna Biedrzynska) and her father (Janusz Gajos). [1] [2]

Synopsis

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Michal (Janusz Gajos) and his daughter Anka (Adrianna Biedrynska) discussing about the letter from her late mother.

Anka (Adrianna Biedrynska) lives together with her father, Michal (Janusz Gajos), since her mother's death. They get on well together and have relation of more like friends then like father-to-daughter. Michal travels often to business trips abroad and Anka doesn't feel home alone without him. One day, Anka drives Michal to one of his trips. After returning home, she discovers an envelope, entitled with her father's handwriting "Open after my death". From that moment, she could hardly think about anything other. Should she open the envelope or not? What's inside? After couple of days, she finally opens it. Inside, there is another envelope, on which she could read a short message from her mother "To my dearest daughter, Anka". Anka could not resist opening this envelope. Inside, she could read a letter from her mother, explaining, that Michal is not her real father. Nevertheless, her mother doesn't explain who the real father is. One week later, Michal is back again from his trip and Anka is waiting for him at the airport. He runs happily to her, but she is not happy at all and starts immediately citing her mother's letter. Michal is not surprised about this, but also explains, that he didn't know about content of the letter. From this date, they both can feel change regarding their relationship. Mainly Anka asks herself, if her feelings to her father have been only as to a friend and parent, or also as against a man? Her father thinks about his jealousy, which he felt against Anka's boyfriends. They discuss frequently about this. Finally, Anka surprisingly reveals the truth. She hasn't opened the letter, but wrote a new one instead, imitating her mother's handwriting. The other envelope remained closed. They begin to discuss on this. Shall they open the envelope and read what's inside? Shall they burn it and keep the secret in Anka's mother grave forever? After long discussions, they decide to burn the letter. However, the paper is not burnt 100 %; they can read part of it. The film ends with them trying to read the fragments of the partly burnt letter and completing the missing words. Is Michal the real father or not? Is there something else in the message? The end, like in most of the Decalogue episodes, remains open and ambiguous.

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Cast

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Anka (Adrianna Biedrynska) is deciding if to open the letter from her late mother.
  • Adrianna Biedrynska - Anka
  • Janusz Gajos - Michal
  • Artur Barcis - young man
  • Adam Hanuszkiewicz - professor
  • Jan Tesarz - taxi driver
  • Andrzej Blumenfield - Michal's friend
  • Tomasz Kozlowich - Jarek
  • Elzbieta Kilarska - Jarek's mother
  • Helena Norowicz - doctor

Trivia

  • As in most of the episodes (except 7 and 10), Artur Barcis plays a cameo-observer role, this time as a young man.
  • From actors, who appeared in other episodes, we can see briefly Jan Tesarz as a taxi driver, who plays main role in episode 5 (also a taxi driver)
  • Actor Janusz Gajosz, who played Michal in this episode, also appeared as one of the main characters (Mikolaj) in Kieslowski Three Colors: White, alongside Zbigniew Zamachowski.

References

Template:The Decalogue