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Corpus Christi (15)
Corpus Christi (2019) Subtitles
Director: Jan Komasa
Starring: Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel
Inspired by true events, the film tracks Daniel leaving a correctional centre at age 20 after serving time for unnamed crimes. Having experienced a spiritual epiphany behind bars, he wishes to pursue a career in the clergy, which his mentor, Father Tomasz, tells him is impossible because he’s been a convict. You can practically see the light bulb go on over Daniel’s head when he hears the priest’s powerful words, and rather than report for duty at the small-town sawmill where he has a job lined up, he walks into the Catholic church, kneels down in a pew and begins praying. In no time, the same streetwise survival instincts that got him in trouble as a kid kick in, and he tells a young woman praying near him that he’s a priest. Soon he’s donning a clerical collar and agreeing to take over at the parish when the aging vicar becomes ill.
Caught somewhere between guilt and martyrdom, Daniel’s fate ultimately poses poignant questions about the nature of faith beyond religion, compassion beyond covenant.
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