In the Name Of... (2013)
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A moving tale of compassion, sexual longing, childhood trauma, and religious commitment. Father Adam (Polish star Andrzej Chyra), an attractive, energetic priest, seems more comfortable in a T-shirt, kicking a soccer ball around with his young charges than preaching a sermon. Living in a halfway house type situation, away from the temptations that helped get them there in the first place, the residents of this societal limbo-land are put off-balance when a new punk enters the picture and starts spreading rumors about the priest's sexuality. The boys' casual, yet pervasive homophobia and anti-Semitism add to a complicated picture of modern Poland very much in the thrall of historical prejudice. (c) Film Movement … More
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Critic Reviews for In the Name Of...
Szumowska, who co-wrote the script with the film's first-rate cinematographer Michal Englert, effectively imbues this haunting, deeply reflective tale with equal parts tension, dread, desire and inevitability.
The whole movie suffers from a lack of narrative momentum and a surfeit of wordless shots of men exchanging deep, meaningful glances.
The exogenous factors contributing to his turmoil are the ones in which he's most indoctrinated, and by humanizing this broader struggle, Szumowska's institutional denouncements are even more heartbreaking and scathing.
In the Name Of is yet another example of excellent gay cinema that, while perhaps dealing with subject matter that is bleak and that has probably been seen before, still feels necessary.
This Polish "gay priest tempted" drama is almost as confused about the moral quandaries of its characters as they are.
A thoughtful perspective on attitudes to homosexuality in the church and Polish society and Chyra's strong performance make this a poignant drama.
This quiet provocation from the Polish arm of Lars von Trier's Zentropa Entertainments falls into that conflicted-cleric subgenre encompassing everything from The Thorn Birds to Antonia Bird's Priest.
A provocative and poetic piece of filmmaking from Polish Director Malgorzata Szumowska which follows a priest as he struggles to find peace between his sexual desires and religious vows.
Audience Reviews for In the Name Of...
It takes long to shape a premise and focus on its intentions, with the character's sexual and moral conflict not so naturally explored and made clear only too late, and it is hard not to feel uneasy with a film that wants us to understand a pedophile, which is what he is after all.More
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