In the Name Of... (2013)
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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.
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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.
This is a Polish film set in rural Poland. A middle aged priest continues to struggle with his celibacy and loneliness. The film opens with the priest working in a small village and at the local home for delinquent boys. The story is engaging and well told. Among the older, teen aged boys (many looking somewhat older), everyone seems to have excellent gaydar. Everyone, that is, except for an attractive, unhappy, married young woman. And, for a small school/home, there seems to be an unusual number of gay boys. Several characters are partially fleshed out. The audience if left to draw their own conclusions about the motivations of various significant characters. The plight of the priest is sympathetically told. I saw this movie as part of the Film Movement series. It was an interesting trip to the flics.
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.
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