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In the Name Of [DVD]

Andrzej Chyra , Mateusz Kosciukiewicz , Malgoska Szumowska    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Andrzej Chyra, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Maja Ostaszewska
  • Directors: Malgoska Szumowska
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Polish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb 2014
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F0PK92E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,348 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Father Adam (Andrzej Chyra) is relocated to a rural village where he runs a refuge for youths with troubled pasts. It is there where he meets handsome local outsider, Lukasz (Mateusz Kosciukiewicz) and soon Adam struggles to reconcile his attraction to the young man and his spiritual calling.

To the village, his energy and enthusiasm are appreciated and the locals accept him as one of their own. Everybody wants to be close to him, feeding off of his vitality and power, but no one knows that Father Adam harbours his own secret.

Directed by Malgoska Szumowska (ELLES) and winner of the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film, IN THE NAME OF is a sensual and deeply visceral portrayal of a Catholic priest battling his own desires.

Extras
Exclusive Interview with Malgoska Szumowska
Silence (Cisza) - Short Film

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3.9 out of 5 stars
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... "Do you have someone to hug?" 30 Oct 2013
By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I am a big fan of the Film Movement library of foreign and indie movies, and am a subscriber of their DVD-of-the-Month Club. This is the September, 2013 release in that on-going series.

"In The Name Of..." (2013 release from Poland; 102 min.) brings the story of Father Adam, a Catholic priest who has been transferred from a parish in Warsaw to a parish in the country-side of Poland, literally in the middle of nowhere. There he heads a center of troubled teenage boys, who will be sent back into the (presumably much harder) state system if they don't behave. Adam struggles with loneliness, as he takes confession after confession, but he himself has nowhere to turn with his troubles, other than the occasional contact with his faraway sister who lives in Toronto. Adam fends off the advances of a young woman Ewa, telling her that yes he finds her attractive but "I'm already spoken for". Then Adam strikes a bond with one of the troubles teens, a boy named Lukasz. To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: this movie is a complex priesthood/troubled youth drama that addresses a lot of issues, none more so than the loneliness of Father Adam. At one point he is Skype-ing with his sister in Toronto when he is feeling desperate. He asks her "Do you have someone to hug? I need someone I can hug". The movie does a great job walking a thin line between true desperation and sheer overkill. The photography in the movie is outstanding, filming it in a sun-drenched way (sometimes reminding me of magic-realism). The acting is also superb, none more so that the Polish actor in the role of Father Adam.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Polish, Priest Love Tale that is very good. 27 Feb 2014
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Priest Adam works with problem boys/lads in a Catholic Church programme in rural Poland. He was moved on from a similar parish in Warsaw under a bit of a cloud. He works with Michal who dropped out of the Seminary for love - this love is Ewa who clearly has the hots for our Adam. Meanwhile he tries to do `good' by the boys who are an unruly bunch to say the least. Then a new boy turns up who is nicknamed `Blondie' - he is elf assured, striking and gay and about to upset the established order - after all `you do not confess to the priest but to God'.

Meanwhile another one of the boys who is a bit of an outside and has the nickname `Humpty' seems to need a little more `spiritual guidance' than the other boys. Well the summer heat rises and so do the hormone levels. Adam is also seemingly fighting an alcohol problem; and it is not long before cracks in the fragile set up start to show. The consequences of what takes place will have repercussions for all those involved.

This is a very gripping film throughout and it all unfolds at a rather slow pace, but it is hard to notice. I actually thought at one point that this is like watching a car crash in slow motion - but in a really good way. The scene shot in slow mo with the soundtrack of `Band of Horses' is particularly memorable and will make me listen to the album again. There are issues here that go beyond mere sexuality and as such this is a layered film that has repressed feelings and love at the very core of what it is doing,; I can absolutely recommend - especially for lovers of gay themed films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Effective, satisfying, yet oddly disturbing 19 April 2014
Format:DVD
This is a very effective, very positive and yet oddly disturbing movie about the fitful coming out of a 40ish gay priest in Poland. His name is Adam, and he looks nothing like a priest except while on duty. He's always known he's gay, but he's serious about his vocation and has stayed closeted in order to keep his vows of celibacy.

He has a special gift for helping troubled teenage boys, which his superiors value greatly. His homosexuality has never led to anything remotely inappropriate with a boy (or with a man, for that matter), but he is periodically transferred in order to keep even rumors from interfering with his very valuable ministry. Most recently he was moved from Warsaw to an isolated rural parish with a small work-home for boys on furlough from reformatories.

This is a complex movie, and trying to summarize its plot would be a disservice. It is not predictable, not typical of gay movies, of priest movies, or of any other sort of movies I can think of. It's not the story of a type of man but of THIS man. So, like any real human being, Adam is more complicated than a normal movie character, and the director does not try to make him easy to understand.

In part because it's NOT predictable, this movie is fascinating to watch, and the end is especially satisfying. The movie is disturbing not because of anything that happens, but because everyone and everything in it looks dirty.

I know that sounds superficial, but sometimes the most superficial things in life are the most distressing. Even after bathing, the characters look grimy, everything indoors is dingy, and outdoors is nothing but dust.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sad, moving
Sad, moving, thought-provoking, challenging storyline. It felt a bit sketchy and I would have liked a more carefully linked progression, rather than a series of 'chapters', but... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jaywalker
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and intriguing
It left me guessing and I struggied with exactly who was doing what but overall I enjoyed it..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A well crafted and shot movie, showing the turmoil of the devote catholice polish priest.
Published 24 days ago by Mr. A. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars something to think about.
In the beginning I think, this movie is giving me a bad feeling, becaus off the emotional set up. The actors and so on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lars Floor Clausen
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Tangible, conscientious, eloquent and cinematographic..."
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Published 3 months ago by Sindri
3.0 out of 5 stars postcard from Poland
It's definitely a euro-film that is constructed of a series of mini tableaux each superbly shot - albeit very slowly - and then put together to make a film. Read more
Published 3 months ago by papatez
5.0 out of 5 stars a very beautiful film
it show's the lonely battle some people have with their sexuality and how the Catholic church has an interesting way of dealing with this problem
Published 4 months ago by MR N SMITH
3.0 out of 5 stars Polish gay catholic priest falls in love (lust?) with one of his...
If you're a fan of naked men having sex and let's face it how could you not be? Then this film has at least two gay sex scenes in which you can see bare glutes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BigAl82
3.0 out of 5 stars Perils of being priest
Interesting take on the perils of being a catholic priest in rural Poland, after a parish in Warsaw, and looking after youths who are under taking correctional training. Read more
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