films seen
16/30
average score
2.59*
nationality
Poland - 54 years old
status
R.I.P. (1941 - 1996)
more info

Mostly famous for his Dekalog and Three Colors series, but Kieslowski also directed a vast amount of lesser known documentaries. I'm not a major fan of his work, but he's an arthouse essential that should be on every film fan's watch list.

The good stuff

Three Colors: Red

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Trzy Kolory: Czerwony
1994 / 99m - France
Drama, Romance, Mystery
4.0*/5.0*
Three Colors: Red poster

Solid pieces

The Double Life of Véronique

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
La Double Vie de Véronique
1991 / 98m - France
Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery
3.5*/5.0*
The Double Life of Véronique poster

The inoffensive

Three Colors: White

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Trzy Kolory: Biały
1994 / 92m - France
Comedy, Drama, Romance
3.0*/5.0*
Three Colors: White poster

Three Colors: Blue

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Trzy Kolory: Niebieski
1993 / 98m - France
Drama, Romance, Mystery, Music
3.0*/5.0*
Three Colors: Blue poster

A Short Film About Killing

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krótki Film o Zabijaniu
1988 / 84m - Poland
Drama, Crime
3.0*/5.0*
A Short Film About Killing poster

The last major Kieslowski film I still had to watch. His films are very hit-and-miss for me, usually depending on how much effort he put into the visuals. A Short Film About Killing is one of the better ones, though it goes slightly off the rails towards the finale. It's a shame, as the first half was pretty nice.

The film brings three people together. Waldemar is a middle-aged taxi driver whose primary care is making a buck, Piotr is a young lawyer who finally passed the bar exam and Jacek a wanderer who just arrived in Warsaw and loves to stir up trouble. A fateful meeting between Waldemar and Jacek will determine the trio's future.

The strong, sepia-colored images are a sight to behold, and the main attraction of the film. Use of color and lighting are pretty great, though as the film shifts to a more philosophical approach, the focus on the visuals lessens. Those who care for that sort of thing won't mind, but it left me disappointed in the second half.

Dekalog I

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Dekalog, Jeden
1988 / 55m - Poland
Drama
3.0*/5.0*
Dekalog I poster

Dekalog V

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Dekalog, Piec
1988 / 59m - Poland
Drama
3.0*/5.0*
Dekalog V poster

Worthy but flawed

Dekalog X

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Dekalog, Dziesiec
1989 / 59m - Poland
Drama
2.5*/5.0*
Dekalog X poster

Dekalog IX

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Dekalog, Dziewiec
1988 / 60m - Poland
Drama
2.5*/5.0*
Dekalog IX poster

Dekalog VI

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Dekalog, Szesc
1988 / 60m - Poland
Drama
2.5*/5.0*
Dekalog VI poster

Dekalog VII

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Dekalog, Siedem
1988 / 57m - Poland
Drama
2.5*/5.0*
Dekalog VII poster

Dubious filler

Dekalog IV

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Dekalog, Cztery
1989 / 57m - Poland
Drama
2.0*/5.0*
Dekalog IV poster

A Short Film about Love

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krótki Film o Milosci
1988 / 87m - Poland
Drama, Romance
2.0*/5.0*
A Short Film about Love poster

Dekalog III

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Dekalog, Trzy
1988 / 57m - Poland
Drama
2.0*/5.0*
Dekalog III poster

Plain forgettable

Dekalog II

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Dekalog, Dwa
1988 / 59m - Poland
Drama
1.5*/5.0*
Dekalog II poster

Dekalog VIII

by Krzysztof Kieslowski
Dekalog, Osiem
1988 / 56m - Poland
Drama
1.5*/5.0*
Dekalog VIII poster