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I write about Kieslowski in the book, intrigued as I was by his version of God:

“In Decalogue 2 [1988], a doctor – experienced and world-weary, living alone and nursing the trauma of losing his family during a bombing raid in the war – plays a role suggestive of some supreme being mediating between an anxious woman and her critically ill husband, and coping with matters of life and death in a rickety hospital. The character prefigures the retired judge in Three Colours: Red [1994], who is omniscient but not omnipotent, and who finds that, because according to Kieślowski God ‘leaves us a lot of freedom’, the neighbours on whom he eavesdrops use that freedom to live a hellish existence. He reflects . . . that as a judge he had some power of action to influence people’s lives by his judgements, but that now he is retired even that has been removed.”

This always makes me think of TS Eliot’s words: “The whole earth is our hospital /endowed by the ruined millionaire . . . ” These are from East Coker section IV, a modern metaphysical poem about our disease and how we are treated in God’s hospital where Jesus is “the wounded surgeon”.

Here’s a picture of Jean-Louis Trintignant as the retired judge in Three Colours: Red who wants to play God. He has to watch the world through a glass.

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