Film # 343
Title: In The Name Of (W imie…) (2013)
Starring: Andrzej Chyra, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, and Lukasz Simlat
Dir: Malgorzata Szumowska
Basic Synopsis: Running toward God but away from his sexuality, Adam became a priest at age 21. Now the head of a rural parish, he’s still tormented by desire.
My Mini Review:
I haven’t seen many Polish films, but all that I have seen have been very dense and somewhat disturbing. This film is no exception. The story is plausible, offers a challenging theme and explores the dilemma from all sides (from the kids, the priest himself and the church). This is the kind of film that is disturbing but made in such a way, it sheds new light on the age-old debate of the sanctity of celibacy without being preachy. Its use of limited dialogue instead focuses on the characters and the nuances of their relationships.
Cinematically, I thought the cinematography was done well. The direction was solid and exploratory. The music used throughout worked well. The acting was overall pretty good, with some performances stronger than others (with Chyra turning in a great performance in the role of the priest). If you can handle the strong, controversial subject matter I think it’s a well made film.
Overall Rating: 3/5