Corpus Christi

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Synopsis

Corpus Christi (Boze Cialo) is the story of a 20-year-old Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia) who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a Youth Detention Center. He wants to become a priest but this is impossible because of his criminal record. When he is sent to work at a carpenter's workshop in a small town, on arrival he dresses up as a priest and accidentally takes over the local parish. The arrival of the young, charismatic preacher is an opportunity for the local community to begin the healing process after a tragedy that happened there.

Cast

  • Bartosz Bielenia
  • Aleksandra Konieczna
  • Eliza Rycembel
  • Tomasz Zietek
  • Barbara Kurzaj
  • Leszek Lichota
  • Zdzislaw Wardejn
  • Lukasz Simlat
  • Anna Biernacik
  • Lidia Bogacz

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Poland's submission to the 92nd Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film.

Quotes

    • Daniel: You know what we're good at? Giving up on people. Pointing the finger at them. To forgive doesn't mean to forget. "Forgive" means "love". To love someone despite their guilt. No matter what the guilt is.
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Metacritic

80
Jan 10, 2020

Bielenia captures a vivid sense of the emotions that Daniel experiences from the alertness of a trapped animal at the offenders institution to the euphoria that seems to surge through him after the delivery of a rousing sermon. His committed performance and Komasa’s assured storytelling convince us that God can work in mysterious ways.

Allan Hunter
Screen Daily
70
Jan 10, 2020

There's visual command and a compelling intimacy to the storytelling, plus intellectual engagement in the reflection on who gets to claim nearness to God.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
80
Jan 10, 2020

The film is an important one, but above all, it is an exceptionally pleasing and easy one to watch despite its density. This is partly due to Bartosz’s fantastic performance showing great acting range by going through a whole spectrum of emotions very convincingly and subtly.

Metacritic review by Hanna B.
Hanna B.
Film Threat