SUMMARY: A man and a woman who are tapped on a space station together remain faithful to their monstrous partners back on Earth, even at the expense of their sanity.
WHY IT’S HERE: One of the strangest of Phil Mulloy’s ‘Ten Commandments’ films, ‘Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery’ introduces a set of circumstances under which adultery would arguably not be the worst course of action. A man and a woman, trapped forever on a space station, have such reverence for their marriage vows that they ignore their attraction to each other and stay faithful to their cheating and abusive partners. As romantic and physical urges are repressed, they begin to manifest themselves in psychosis, with violent dreams and resentful impulses emerging in their place. The story doesn’t end happily for the two humans, and yet Mulloy extracts the most unexpected and bizarre happy ending from the wreckage of the main narrative. A witty look at how detrimental basing your life on oversimplified guidelines can be, ‘Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery’ makes a valid point by taking its examples to the extreme.