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* AuthorTract: Every movie deals with moral imperatives. ''Decalogue Five'' in particular has been interpreted by many as a film arguing decidely against death sentence, although Kieslowski himself clarified he wanted to depict the topic impartially.

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* AuthorTract: Every movie deals with moral imperatives. ''Decalogue Five'' in particular has been interpreted by many as a film arguing decidely decidedly against the death sentence, penalty, although Kieslowski himself clarified he wanted to depict the topic impartially.



* JerkassVictim: Waldemar, the murder victim in ''Decalogue Five'', ogles little girls, scares a manís dogs, and runs from any client he doesnít want to take in his cab. %% This explains how he is a jerkass, but not how he is a victim.

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%% This explains how he is a jerkass, but not how he is a victim.* JerkassVictim: Waldemar, the murder victim in ''Decalogue Five'', ogles little girls, scares a manís dogs, and runs from any client he doesnít want to take in his cab. %% This explains how he is a jerkass, but not how he is a victim.


* YourCheatingHeart: A frequent theme in several of the films:
** Dorota in ''Decalogue Two'' is pregnant with a child that's not from her critically ill husband.
** Janusz in ''Decalogue Three'' had an affair with Ewa in the past. He doesn't repeat it in spite of spending a whole night out with her, searching for her husband, although his wife suspects he would.
** A central conflict of ''Decalogue Four'' is Anek and her father being unsure whether or not she was the daughter of another man.
** Hanka in cheats at Roman in ''Decalogue Nine''. In the second half, [[spoiler: she regrets it, but her lover follows her around, making it seem to Roman as if they were still cheating on him. In reaction to that, he attempts suicide but survives]].


* TheLoinsSleepTonight: At the beginning of ''Decalogue Nine'', Roman is diagnosed with impotence.

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* TheLoinsSleepTonight: At the beginning of ''Decalogue Nine'', Roman is diagnosed with impotence. The film as a whole is a rare case of this trope being [[PlayedForDrama played for drama]] instead of comedy.


* DrivesLikeCrazy: Roman on his bike in ''Decalogue Ten''. [[spoiler: Especially when he tries to kill himself by driving into the lake]].

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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Roman on his bike in ''Decalogue Ten''.Nine''. [[spoiler: Especially when he tries to kill himself by driving into the lake]].


* AuthorTract: Every movie deals with moral imperatives. ''Decalogue Five'' in particular has been interpreted by many as a film arguing decidely against death sentence, although Kieslowski himself clarified he wanted to depict the the topic impartially.

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* AuthorTract: Every movie deals with moral imperatives. ''Decalogue Five'' in particular has been interpreted by many as a film arguing decidely against death sentence, although Kieslowski himself clarified he wanted to depict the the topic impartially.



* SantaClaus: Janusz disguises as such at the beginning of ''Decalogue Three''.

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* SantaClaus: Janusz disguises himself as such at the beginning of ''Decalogue Three''.



* WifeHusbandry: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Decalogue Four.'' [[spoiler:Anka not only has some feelings for her (possible) father Michal, but the feelings might be mutual. However, when she starts undressing in front of him, he refuses to go through with it.]]

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* WifeHusbandry: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Decalogue Four.'' [[spoiler:Anka not only has some feelings for her (possible) father Michal, the man who raised her, but the feelings might be mutual. However, when she starts undressing in front of him, he refuses to go through with it.]]


* AuthorTract: Every movie deals with moral imperatives. In particular, Kieślowski was against the death penalty, something that you can see in ''Decalogue Five''.
%%* BlackComedy: ''Decalogue Ten''.

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* AuthorTract: Every movie deals with moral imperatives. In particular, Kieślowski was against the death penalty, something that you can see in ''Decalogue Five''.
%%*
Five'' in particular has been interpreted by many as a film arguing decidely against death sentence, although Kieslowski himself clarified he wanted to depict the the topic impartially.
*
BlackComedy: ''Decalogue Ten''.Ten'' tells of two brothers trying to complete their deceased father's stamp collection for money's worth. [[spoiler: All goes miserably, yet they end up laughing together about the absurdity of their situation in the last scene.]]



%%* TheCommandments

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%%* TheCommandments* TheCommandments: As noted above, each of the ten films is loosely inspired by the respective commandment.



%%* CrapsackWorld: ''Decalogue Five''.
%%* DeadManWriting: Ankaís motherís letter.

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%%* * CrapsackWorld: ''Decalogue Five''.
%%*
Five'' starts with the murder of a cat, continues with two of the three main characters being rude to others non-stop until one of them kills the other for his car.
*
DeadManWriting: Ankaís motherís letter.letter that she left for her husband and daughter to open at a given time. [[spoiler: They fear it might reveal that she's not actually his child, and eventually burn it because of how much they fear the consequences of that]].



%%* DrivesLikeCrazy: Roman.

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%%* * DrivesLikeCrazy: Roman.Roman on his bike in ''Decalogue Ten''. [[spoiler: Especially when he tries to kill himself by driving into the lake]].



%%* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Piotr, the murderer's lawyer in ''Decalogue Five''.
%%* FamilyOfChoice: Discussed in ''Decalogue Four''. [[spoiler: In the end, it doesn't really matter whether he is her biological father or not]].

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%%* * FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Piotr, the murderer's lawyer in ''Decalogue Five''.
%%*
Five'', asks a superior if he could have done better. The answer is basically no. Jacek was destined to be executed as soon as he was brought to court.
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FamilyOfChoice: Discussed in ''Decalogue Four''. Four'', since it's dubious whether or not Anka is actually her father's biological daughter. [[spoiler: In the end, it doesn't really matter whether he is they burn her biological mother's letter that could have revealed the truth, and instead agree to live on as father or not]].and daughter]].



%%* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Ania and teddy bears.

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%%* * GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Ania is a little girl and likes her biological father's teddy bears.bears a lot.



%%* HangingJudge: ''Decalogue Five''



%%* JerkassVictim: Waldemar, the taxi cab driver in ''Decalogue Five'', ogles little girls, scares a manís dogs, and runs from any client he doesnít want to take in his cab. %% This explains how he is a jerkass, but not how he is a victim.

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%%* * JerkassVictim: Waldemar, the taxi cab driver murder victim in ''Decalogue Five'', ogles little girls, scares a manís dogs, and runs from any client he doesnít want to take in his cab. %% This explains how he is a jerkass, but not how he is a victim.



%%* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: According to your interpretation, a lot of stuff.

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%%* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: According to your interpretation, a lot * MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:
** [[spoiler: The ice breaking]] in ''Decalogue One'' in spite
of stuff.reliable calculations that proved that it wouldn't.
** The mysterious man in white. He features in almost all of the films and, as reported by his actor Artur Barciś, has been described as an angel by Kieslowski.



%%* TheRockStar: Artur.
* SantaClaus: Janusz disguises as such.

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%%* * TheRockStar: Artur.
Artur in ''Decalouge Ten'' is the singer of a punk band called "City Death".
* SantaClaus: Janusz disguises as such.such at the beginning of ''Decalogue Three''.



%%* SeriousBusiness: Stamp collection.

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%%* * SeriousBusiness: Stamp collection.A stamp collection is the center of the story of ''Decalogue Ten''. The brothers want to complete it to make money, but shady people want them as well. The brothers joke about it themselves at the end.



%%* SiblingTeam: Artur and Jerzy in ''Decalogue Ten''.
%%* StalkerWithACrush: The entire plot of ''Decalogue Six'' revolves around this.
* StalkingIsLove: The premise of ''Decalogue Six''. Magda initially is annoyed at Tomek, but she gets over it pretty quick.

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%%* * SiblingTeam: Artur and Jerzy in ''Decalogue Ten''.
%%*
Ten'' try to complete and sell their deceased father's stamp collection and go through a lot for it.
*
StalkerWithACrush: The entire plot of ''Decalogue Six'' revolves around this.
this. Tomek watches Magda from his window everyday over the course of a year and falls in love with her in the process. The film depicts his attempts to make contact with her and confess his feelings.
* StalkingIsLove: The premise of ''Decalogue Six''. Magda initially is annoyed at Tomek, but Tomek and humiliates him. [[spoiler: After he attempts suicide, she gets over it pretty quick.starts to feel for him]].



%%* VillainProtagonist: Jacek in ''Decalogue Five''.

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%%* * VillainProtagonist: Jacek is the most prominent character in ''Decalogue Five''.Five''. He murders a taxi driver just to get a car.



%%* YourCheatingHeart: Dorota in ''Decalogue Two'' and Hanka in ''Decalogue Nine.''

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%%* * YourCheatingHeart: A frequent theme in several of the films:
**
Dorota in ''Decalogue Two'' and Hanka is pregnant with a child that's not from her critically ill husband.
** Janusz
in ''Decalogue Nine.''Three'' had an affair with Ewa in the past. He doesn't repeat it in spite of spending a whole night out with her, searching for her husband, although his wife suspects he would.
** A central conflict of ''Decalogue Four'' is Anek and her father being unsure whether or not she was the daughter of another man.
** Hanka in cheats at Roman in ''Decalogue Nine''. In the second half, [[spoiler: she regrets it, but her lover follows her around, making it seem to Roman as if they were still cheating on him. In reaction to that, he attempts suicide but survives]].


* FamilyOfChoice: Discussed in ''Decalogue Four''. [[spoiler: In the end, it doesn't really matter whether he is her biological father or not]].

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* %%* FamilyOfChoice: Discussed in ''Decalogue Four''. [[spoiler: In the end, it doesn't really matter whether he is her biological father or not]].



* NerdGlasses: Anka uses a pair of huge pink-framed glasses just for one scene.

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* %%* NerdGlasses: Anka uses a pair of huge pink-framed glasses just for one scene.


* JerkassVictim: Waldemar, the taxi cab driver in ''Decalogue Five''. He ogles little girls, scares a manís dogs, and runs from any client he doesnít want to take in his cab.

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* %%* JerkassVictim: Waldemar, the taxi cab driver in ''Decalogue Five''. He Five'', ogles little girls, scares a manís dogs, and runs from any client he doesnít want to take in his cab.cab. %% This explains how he is a jerkass, but not how he is a victim.


%%* {{Irony}}: The M.O. of most of the episodes.



%%* JerkassVictim: Waldemar, the taxi cab driver in ''Decalogue Five''. He ogles little girl, scares a manís dogs and runs from any client he doesnít want to take in his cab. %% How is he a victim?

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%%* * JerkassVictim: Waldemar, the taxi cab driver in ''Decalogue Five''. He ogles little girl, girls, scares a manís dogs dogs, and runs from any client he doesnít want to take in his cab. %% How is he a victim?cab.



%%* RuleOfSymbolism: Krzysztofís computer in ''Decalogue One'' or the bee swimming out of the glass in ''Decalogue Two''. %% What's symbolic about these things?



%%* {{Squick}}!: The [[spoiler: execution by hanging scene]] in ''Decalogue Five.''



%%* VillainProtagonist: Jacek.

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* UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Occurs in ''Decalogue Six''. Tomek spies on Magda and falls in love with her, and she not only rejects his advances, but also attempts to show him that love doesn't exist. This leads to [[spoiler:his suicide attempt]]. After that, Magda feels guilty and gradually comes to care for Tomek, but by the time he's healed, [[spoiler:he tells her that he "no longer watches her."]]
%%* VillainProtagonist: Jacek.Jacek in ''Decalogue Five''.



%%* WifeHusbandry: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Decalogue Four.'' It seemed to move in that direction, but at the end... It didn't.

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%%* * WifeHusbandry: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Decalogue Four.'' It seemed to move in that direction, [[spoiler:Anka not only has some feelings for her (possible) father Michal, but at the end... It didn't.feelings might be mutual. However, when she starts undressing in front of him, he refuses to go through with it.]]

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* FamilyOfChoice: Discussed in ''Decalogue Four''. [[spoiler: In the end, it doesn't really matter whether he is her biological father or not]].


* BlackComedy: ''Decalogue Ten''.

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* %%* BlackComedy: ''Decalogue Ten''.



* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Piotr, the murderer's lawyer in ''Decalogue Five''.

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* %%* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Piotr, the murderer's lawyer in ''Decalogue Five''.



* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Ania and teddy bears.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Played with in ''Decalogue Two'', averted in ''Decalogue Four''.
* HangingJudge: ''Decalogue Five''

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* %%* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Ania and teddy bears.
* %%* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Played with in ''Decalogue Two'', averted in ''Decalogue Four''.
* %%* HangingJudge: ''Decalogue Five''



* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: The message of ''Decalogue Five''.
* {{Irony}}: The M.O. of most of the episodes.

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* %%* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: The message of ''Decalogue Five''.
* %%* {{Irony}}: The M.O. of most of the episodes.



* JerkassVictim: Waldemar, the taxi cab driver in ''Decalogue Five''. He ogles little girl, scares a manís dogs and runs from any client he doesnít want to take in his cab.

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* %%* JerkassVictim: Waldemar, the taxi cab driver in ''Decalogue Five''. He ogles little girl, scares a manís dogs and runs from any client he doesnít want to take in his cab. %% How is he a victim?



* SexyStewardess: Hanka, the wife in ''Decalogue Nine''.

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* %%* SexyStewardess: Hanka, the wife in ''Decalogue Nine''.



* StalkerWithACrush: The entire plot of ''Decalogue Six'' revolves around this.

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* %%* StalkerWithACrush: The entire plot of ''Decalogue Six'' revolves around this.


* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Piotr in ''Decalogue Five''.

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* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Piotr Piotr, the murderer's lawyer in ''Decalogue Five''.


* '''Decalogue Seven''' ''(Thou shalt not steal.)' - A young woman abducts her own daughter, who has been raised by her parents as her sister.

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* '''Decalogue Seven''' ''(Thou shalt not steal.)' )'' - A young woman abducts her own daughter, who has been raised by her parents as her sister.


%%* SexyStewardess: Hanka.

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%%* * SexyStewardess: Hanka.Hanka, the wife in ''Decalogue Nine''.



%%* StalkerWithACrush: Tomek.

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%%* * StalkerWithACrush: Tomek.The entire plot of ''Decalogue Six'' revolves around this.



* TeacherStudentRomance: Majka and Wojtekís background in ''Decalogue Seven.''

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* TeacherStudentRomance: Majka Majka, the teenage mother and Wojtekís background in ''Decalogue Seven.''Seven''.


* '''Decalogue One''' ''(I am the Lord thy God... thou shalt not have other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image... Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.)'' - A university professor trains his young son in the use of reason and the scientific method using a computer he bought, while the boy's aunt worries that his spiritual education is being neglected.

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* '''Decalogue One''' ''(I am the Lord thy God... thou shalt not have other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image... Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them.)'' - A An atheist university professor trains his young son in the use of reason and the scientific method using a computer he bought, while bought. One day, the boy's aunt worries that his spiritual education is being neglected.computer miscalculates the thickness of the ice on a lake the boy usually goes skating.



* '''Decalogue Four'' '(Honor thy father and thy mother.)'' - A young woman and her widower father start to feel attracted to each other when one day, she discovers a letter from her mother that says he might not be her father after all.
* '''Decalogue Five''' ''(Thou shalt not kill.)'' - A brutal and seemingly motiveless murder brings together a young drifter, Jacek, a taxi driver, and an idealistic lawyer, Piotr.

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* '''Decalogue Four'' '(Honor Four''' ''(Honor thy father and thy mother.)'' - A young woman and her widower father start to feel attracted to each other when one day, she discovers a letter from her mother that says he might not be her father after all.
* '''Decalogue Five''' ''(Thou shalt not kill.)'' - A brutal and seemingly motiveless murder brings together a malicious young drifter, Jacek, man murders a rude taxi driver, cab driver for no reason. He is caught and an idealistic lawyer, Piotr.sentenced to death.



* '''Decalogue Seven''' ''(Thou shalt not steal.)' - A young woman abducts her own child, who has been raised by her parents as her sister.
* '''Decalogue Eight''' ''(Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.)'' - A Holocaust survivor confronts an ethics professor who once refused to help her on the basis of not bearing false witness.
* '''Decalogue Nine''' ''(Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.)'' - A man who has become impotent discovers that his wife has a lover.

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* '''Decalogue Seven''' ''(Thou shalt not steal.)' - A young woman abducts her own child, daughter, who has been raised by her parents as her sister.
* '''Decalogue Eight''' ''(Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.)'' - A Holocaust survivor confronts an a Catholic ethics professor who once refused to help her on the basis of not bearing false witness.
* '''Decalogue Nine''' ''(Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.)'' - A man who has become impotent discovers that suggests his wife has that even though they love each other, she should find a lover.new lover. And then she does.



%%* BlackComedy: ''Decalogue Ten''.

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%%* * BlackComedy: ''Decalogue Ten''.



%%* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Piotr in ''Decalogue Five''.

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%%* * FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Piotr in ''Decalogue Five''.



%%* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Played with in ''Decalogue Two'', averted in ''Decalogue Four''.
%%* HangingJudge: ''Decalogue Five''

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%%* * GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Played with in ''Decalogue Two'', averted in ''Decalogue Four''.
%%* * HangingJudge: ''Decalogue Five''



%%* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: The message of ''Decalogue Five''.
%%* {{Irony}}: The M.O. of most of the episodes.

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%%* * IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: The message of ''Decalogue Five''.
%%* * {{Irony}}: The M.O. of most of the episodes.



%%* JerkassVictim: Waldemar. He ogles little girl, scares a manís dogs and runs from any client he doesnít want to take in his cab. %% How is he a victim?

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%%* * JerkassVictim: Waldemar.Waldemar, the taxi cab driver in ''Decalogue Five''. He ogles little girl, scares a manís dogs and runs from any client he doesnít want to take in his cab. %% How is he a victim?

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