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Daniel experiences a spiritual transformation in a detention center. Although his criminal record prevents him from applying to the seminary, he has no intention of giving up his dream and decides to minister a small-town parish.
Boze Cialo (original title)
(NR, 115 min.)

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After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime, 20-year-old Daniel is released and sent to a remote village to work as a manual laborer. The job is designed to keep the ex-con busy, but Daniel has a higher calling. Over the course of his incarceration he has found Christ, and aspires to join the clergy - but his criminal record means no seminary will accept him. When Daniel arrives in town, one quick lie allows him to be mistaken for the town’s new priest, and he sets about leading his newfound flock. Though he has no training, his passion and charisma inspire the community. At the same time, his unconventional sermons and unpriestly behavior raise suspicions among some of the townsfolk - even more so as he edges towards a dark secret that the community hasn't revealed in the confessional booth. [Metacritic]

Starring:Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel
Director: Jan Komasa
Language: Polish
Genre(s): Drama

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"Corpus Christi is simply brilliant."

— Quelle Movies

"[A]n engrossing exploration of faith, second chances and the possibility of atonement."

— Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

"Corpus Christi is a one-of-a-kind film that is funny, fresh, moving and one of 2019's best."

— Hanna B., Film Threat

"...powerfully intense.... It’s a disturbingly beautiful portrayal of denial, compassion, forgiveness, and love set in an unlikely place by an equally unlikely character."

— Pamela Powell, Reel Honest Reviews

"An electrifying canvas of youth in trouble and in crisis of identity, Komasa crafted an affecting and scandalous story about faith, compassion, resilience and human values."

— Roger Costa, Brazilian Press

"[T]he power and the glory of “Corpus Christi” reside in the film’s leading man, whose ineffable combination of wildness and purity makes for an absolutely electrifying central performance."

— Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

"story that packs an emotional punch while offering fresh themes and interesting perspectives on religion and faith, this is a striking feature that is impressive in every sense of the word and one of the year’s best directed films – foreign or otherwise."

— Mina Takla, AwardsWatch

"[I]t’s an understated, fierce masterpiece that deserves to be remembered as one of the finest films of 2019. A powerful, unforgettable and challenging film in its own way, Corpus Christi asks vital questions about the true meaning of redemption and belief."

— Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, The Blue Lenses

"An intelligent and provocative film which alternately charms and unsettles, Corpus Christi is Poland's entry for the 2020 Best Foreign Language Oscar. It's a small torn drama with much bigger connotations and it thoroughly deserves its place on the world stage."

— Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

""Original and absorbing. What is true faith and what's fakery is a question that runs through Polish director Jan Komasa's slow-burn drama Corpus Christi, its dark intensity channeled in a dynamically physical, wild-eyed performance from talented young lead Bartosz Bielenia. ""

— David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter