Decalogue VI. ★★★★½

In the sixth episode Kieślowski completely avoids the topic of adultery by removing marriage from the equation completely. Instead, we have two single individuals at the center of the film: the older female sexually active and the younger male “sexually interested” (for lack of a better term).

The younger male is a voyeur in a way that’s barely different than Stewart in Rear Window. After watching for some time and even taking on work tasks to have real interactions with her, he finally comes clean to her. Reasonably, she’s incredibly angry and violated at this and uses sex as a tool of retaliation.

This brings discussion on sex and its use, in such that it is often a tool of power to be used against others. It’s also used in conjunction with love and there’s room for discussion here regarding the difference and how they play into each other. Our young voyeuristic male claims he is now in love (and provides reason for this by stating he no longer wishes to watch her have sex from his window nor does he no longer masturbate to her) but is he truly in love? Or perhaps just “on the way there?” There’s no easy answers in this sixth episode but despite a violent tipping point, it is the episode which actually ends with room for happiness, or at least an interpretation as such.