's brilliant films had tiny plots with grand ambitions. Among his greatest feats was "Three Colors," a trilogy about French Revolutionary values, with each film having a littler story than the last. The magic behind these films was their ability to let everyday life slip into poetry — to allow a movie about liberty, for example, to be told through the story of a woman moving on after her husband dies in a car accident. It was not the only epic cycle the Polish filmmaker made — there was another, Dekalog
(1989), a 572-minute TV series about the Ten Commandments — but even Kieslowski's smaller films have their merits. Now the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of the Moving Image, Kieslowski, who died in 1996, offered the chance to see how life is replete with philosophical dilemmas. His characters are pleasantly familiar, and, much to many viewers' surprise, so too are his questions about faith, communication, and good and evil.
"Krzysztof Kieslowski: A Complete Retrospective" runs through November 6 at MoMI. Click here for the screening schedule.