The guy who says he doesn’t recognize Santa is the father of the boy who drowns in the pond in the first installment. Here he shows up again in episode 3, looking haggard and sorrowful. From here the camera moves a little to the side, letting us watch through the window as Santa joins a festive family scene — this is the viewpoint of the bereaved father, impelled yet forever excluded. Soon we are introduced to another excluded figure, Santa’s ex-mistress, who lures him out into the cold, dark, empty, dead world through which she traces her fitful and erratic course.
Seyfried you empiricist you! I think maybe a table is the way to go. Down the left column list the movie titles, then across the rows array the ten commandments. That way a movie can get multiple points if it’s really naughty. Also, we’d have to agree on which list of ten. I vote for the Roman Catholic version, which clumps “no other gods before me” and “no idols” into #1 and splits “covet neighbor’s house/goods” and “covet neighbor’s wife” into #9 & #10, respectively. Kieslowski was from Catholic Poland, so that’s another argument in favor of this list.