In the Name Of...


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

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Nov 14, 2013 | Full Review…

The whole movie suffers from a lack of narrative momentum and a surfeit of wordless shots of men exchanging deep, meaningful glances.

Nov 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 29, 2013 | Full Review…

While the topic is dark and heavy, it's hard not to get caught up in the beauty of Michal Englert's sun-drenched cinematography coupled with moving music by Pawel Mykietyn and Adam Walicki

May 3, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 26, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A somewhat unfocused but still compelling expose.

Nov 15, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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A stupid little tale of a priest who falls for a guy who isn't quite there. Meant to be profound, this tale falls very flat.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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