Corpus Christi

Directed by Jan Komasa
Film Movement
2019
116 Minutes
Poland
Polish
Drama
Not Rated

Anchored by a “dynamically physical, wild-eyed performance” (The Hollywood Reporter) from newcomer Bartosz Bielenia, CORPUS CHRISTI is an incisive, darkly humorous, and “engrossing exploration of faith, second chances and the possibility of atonement” (Screen).

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.

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  • "Jan Komasa’s CORPUS CHRISTI is a stunning Polish feature which has made waves at Venice and deserves further global recognition. Poland may have quite the strong Oscar contender with this film which shares the elegance, complexity and layered narrative approach as Oscar favorites THE HUNT (Denmark) and LOVELESS (Russia). A 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
  • "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
  • "Often moving but also disquieting and even intermittently funny, this drama unfurls a spiritual parable that is uniquely Polish but accessible to all. Piotr Sobociński’s blue-toned cinematography enhances the rapturous air and enhances a smartly written, unsettling work of realism."
    Leslie Felperin, The Guardian
  • "[A]n engrossing exploration of faith, second chances and the possibility of atonement. "
    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
  • "In his superb new movie, Jan Komasa investigates the social dynamics of a small community that gets a new priest who hides his true identity."
    Ola Salwa, Cineuropa
  • "It's flawless storytelling, effortlessly played and with a rousing, if bloody, conclusion."
    Kevin Maher, The Times (UK)
  • "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
  • "The film works in spite of a familiar redemption arc due to Bartosz Bielenia’s fantastic performance. The young actor manages to endows the character with both a nervous violent surge and a wise, empathetic human. His piercing eyes and features reminiscent someone whose faith in humanity and all its emotions have the power to change."
    Shikhar Verma, High on Films
  • "Bielenia delivers a fantastic performance...."
    Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage
  • "Critic's Pick. Compelling...powerful...."
    Peter Debruge, Variety
  • "Corpus Christi gets a lot of mileage out of its central hidden-identity conceit to suspenseful and generally intriguing results."
    Beatrice Loayza, Cinema Scope
  • "Shot in icy blues, greens, and greys, this is a harsh, sad world with no happy endings in sight. Yet Komasa finds much humour in this premise, creating a wise satire of not just the church but the way people use their beliefs to justify their own bad behaviour...."
    Alex Heeney, Seventh Row
  • "Corpus Christi is a one-of-a-kind film that is funny, fresh, moving and one of 2019's best."
    Hanna B., Film Threat
  • "It's a smart, absorbing, impressive drama."
    William Bibbiani, The Wrap

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