W imie… [In the Name of] (2013)

W imie
Director: Malgorzata Szumowska
Writer: Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert, Szczepan Twardoch
Cast: Andrzej Chyra, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Maja Ostaszewska, Lukasz Simlat, Tomasz Schuchardt, Maria Maj, Kamil Adamowicz, Mateusz Gajko, Jakub Gentek, Daniel Swiderski
Seen on: 29.3.2021

Content Note: dubious consent, (critical treatment of) homomisia, antisemitism

Plot:
Adam (Andrzej Chyra) is a priest in a small town. Together with the teacher Michal (Lukasz Simlat), he spends most of his time trying to reign in the delinquent boys and young men they have to take care of in a mix of foster care and detention center. But Adam also struggles with his own homosexuality. He hoped that turning to religion will give him some relief, but when he is faced with the troubled Lukasz (Mateusz Kosciukiewicz), his usual methods of suppression start failing.

W imie… treads familiar ground with its story. It’s not badly made, but it wouldn’t have hurt to give the topic a fresher spin.

The film poster showing Adam (Andrzej Chyra) in priest's robes, a painting of a saint vaguely in the background.
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Cialo [Body] (2015)

Cialo
Director: Malgorzata Szumowska
Writer: Malgorzata Szumowska, Michal Englert
Cast: Janusz GajosMaja OstaszewskaJustyna Suwala
Part of: FrauenFilmTage
Seen on: 27.2.2016

Plot:
Janusz (Janusz Gajos) lives with his daughter Olga (Justyna Suwala). Since the death of his wife Helena, their relationship has been strained: Janusz fled into his work as a district attorney and into alcohol, Olga into bulimia. Janusz tries to help her, but her resentment of him doesn’t make that easy. After Olga attempts suicide, Janusz brings her to hospital where they meet the psychiatrist Anna (Maja Ostaszewska). Anna reveals to them that she can contact the dead and offers to contact Helena for them.

Cialo was very promising in parts, but despite its tense atmosphere that is intriguingly intertwined with humor, it couldn’t keep my attention all the way through.

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