Films that make one think are as unpopular as they are rare to come by. Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski (whose name also makes one think), whose work has been described as a precursor to the Polish movement surrounding 'cinema of moral anxiety', is the maker of many such films.
The Decalogue is a series of ten of his TV films that will be screened by the Hyderabad Film club the whole of this week. They question the relevance and sufficiency of the Ten Commandments in guiding people today, through their lives. Each protagonist in the film is faced with moral conundrums with no unambiguous solutions.
Decalogue One, that will be screened today, is about a father and his son living an intimate family life together while the mother is away. They keep in touch through a computer and their lives center around it. One day the son drowns while skating on the ice on a lake that was supposedly safe by the computer's estimate. The story moves forth from here.
Decalogue Two is about a woman whose husband is critically ill while she is pregnant with another man's child. She has to decide whether to abort the pregnancy or not, depending on whether her husband will live.
If the above sounds like a must-see, you need a membership with Hyderabad Film Club. The remaining of the Decalogue series follow this week. For more details, please contact Mr. Prakash Reddy at 93910-20243.