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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... "Do you have someone to hug?"
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...
Published 10 months ago by Paul Allaer

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1.0 out of 5 stars Rough, gloomy and depressing
Rough and gloomy. Too rough and depressing.

The film is about a priest struggling with his sexuality who was sent to a small rural parish to take care of boys from a reformatory institution - sound complicated enough, but not for the film director, who wanted to tell too many stories in the film and lost focus because of that. None of the stories properly...
Published 7 days ago by Mr. Mariusz Siomak


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... "Do you have someone to hug?", 30 Oct 2013
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Paul Allaer (Cincinnati) - See all my reviews
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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. And any movie that finds a place for Band of Horses' "The Funeral" (in is pivotal moment of the movie, no less) gets extra brownie points. But wait! there is more! As is always the case, the DVD has a bonus shortie, and this month we get "Summer Vacation", a 22 min. shortie from Israel that is equally delightful, just watch!

Bottom line, if you are in the mood for a quality foreign movie that is miles away from your standard Hollywood fare, you cannot go wrong with "In the Name Of...", and this is yet another worthy addition to the ever-growing and rich Film Movement library of foreign and indie movies. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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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
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Tommy Dooley (London, England) - See all my reviews
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective, satisfying, yet oddly disturbing, 19 April 2014
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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. I don't know if rural Poland really is as miserable as this movie makes it appear, or if the director was intentionally creating a disturbing ambiance for the movie.

Although it's disturbing, that ambiance adds to the complexity of the movie and enhances its effectiveness. I watched it twice; it was richer and even more satisfying the second time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very beautiful film, 22 Mar 2014
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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
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rough, gloomy and depressing, 21 Aug 2014
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Rough and gloomy. Too rough and depressing.

The film is about a priest struggling with his sexuality who was sent to a small rural parish to take care of boys from a reformatory institution - sound complicated enough, but not for the film director, who wanted to tell too many stories in the film and lost focus because of that. None of the stories properly develop. The film is a collection of rough and gloomy scenes packed together. It's even difficult to understand some scenes from the plot perspective (like a scene with boys who make a mentally retarded man eat ants - what for?? and this is the first scene, that opens the film, the only explanation is that this scene sets the level of roughness for the rest of the film). The story does not develop, things just happen, telling the story is not important (apparently this is ambitious cinema for an ambitious viewer, but I was lost by this "sophistication" and couldn't see the point of it).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 1 July 2014
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A well crafted and shot movie, showing the turmoil of the devote catholice polish priest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars something to think about., 16 Jun 2014
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In the beginning I think, this movie is giving me a bad feeling, becaus off the emotional set up. The actors and so on.
But its opening op - and its turn out too bee a great experience. The main actor is just great.
I like that movie - and the set up. - and wee all have feelings!
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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED, 16 May 2014
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This film is a very interesting and forceful entry into films with an LGBT framework.
It sometimes makes for difficult viewing but is ultimately rewarding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Tangible, conscientious, eloquent and cinematographic...", 23 April 2014
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Polish screenwriter, producer and director Malgorzata Szumowska`s fifth feature film which she co-wrote with Polish screenwriter and cinematographer Michal Englert and co-produced, is inspired by an article she read in a newspaper. It premiered In competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in 2013, was shot on location in Poland and is a Polish production which was produced by producer Agnieszka Kurzydlo. It tells the story about a Polish Catholic priest named Adam whom has been moved from his position in Warsaw and transferred to a rural village where he in addition to practicing and performing his duties as a priest manages a center for disadvantaged young boys with his friend named Michal. Adam starts becoming friendly with a woman named Ewa whilst he is staying there, but as Adam`s colleague, the young boys he is working with and the people who lives there, she is unaware that Adam is hiding something.

Distinctly and subtly directed by European filmmaker Malgorzata Szumowska, this finely paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character`s point of view, draws a mindful portrayal of a man of faith who does not have priest written all over him, who is in an ongoing ordeal with chastising himself and his relationship with a younger man named Lukasz. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, fine production design by production designer Marek Zawierucha, sterling cinematography by Polish cinematographer Michal Englert and use of colors and light, this narrative-driven story which quietly and efficiently conveys how in some cases intolerance and certain traditional views can undermine the dignity of, cause involuntary and unnecessary loneliness and in the worst case scenario make someone think that they have no place in a society and that they in staying true to themselves have betrayed others in an unredeemable way, depicts a heartrending and empathic study of character and contains a great instrumental score by composers Pawel Mykietyn and Adam Walicki.

This modestly romantic, at times humorous, somewhat impassioned, conversational and far from overly theological, political or preaching drama which is set during a summer in Poland in the 21st century and which salutes the human spirit and its unwritten right to pursue its true nature is an exemplary and pivotal contribution to modern cinema from a filmmaker who in the name of… tells this love-story in the same way that a heterosexual love-story would be told and whose love for her characters and for cinema shines through, and is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, various characters, timely and efficient use of music, unsettling though poignant analogy, commendable and humane examination of its central theme and the fine acting performances by Polish actors Andrzej Chyra, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Lukasz Simlat and Polish actress Maja Ostaszewska. A tangible, conscientious, eloquent and cinematographic narrative feature which gained the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the 63rd Berlin Film Festival in 2013.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sad, moving, 22 July 2014
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 will certainly watch it again sometime.
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