Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

A young offender, spiritually reborn, masquerades as a village priest in order to achieve his God-given dream in this Oscar-nominated Polish drama.

During his time in a Youth Detention Center, a 20-year-old becomes spiritually reborn. However, since his crime prevents him from applying to the seminary, he instead poses as a minister of a small-town parish.

2020Rating: MA15+, Strong violence, sex scenes and coarse language115 minsPolandPolish with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema

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This film is about as foreign as could be for me. Everything in it is so far away from anything I’ve ever experienced that it is honestly quite hard to find any part of it to relate to. But that’s not to say I wasn’t entertained. It was a funny story to behold, told through simple enough but good looking filmmaking, and a lead performance that was easy to...

3.0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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Neither a parable nor an allegory, yet image after image seems charged with intent, from the opening shot... to the climax, an apocalyptic welter of fire and blood.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

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It's within the murky realm of self-doubt and spiritual anxiety that it's at its most audacious and compelling.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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Shot in a grim, desaturated palette, this Polish film, directed by Jan Komasa, addresses big issues of conscience and morality.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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It deviates enough from formula-especially in its arresting ending, which takes full advantage of Bielenia's haunted visage-to be worth seeing.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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This is a movie that wants you to think about what redemption really means. And it has a lead... [that's] your new Hot Priest, Eastern European Division.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Directed by Jan Komasa in only his third feature and starring a complexly compelling Bartosz Bielenia, this is a blistering drama, intense, disturbing and inescapably thought-provoking, a film that gets its power from a merging of potent opposites.

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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A quite interesting and irresistible movie, a sort of cross between Paul Schrader's recent film of spiritual crisis, "First Reformed," and Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can."

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

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It's Shane, with more vodka and fewer horses. It's as Polish as a cabbage roll, yet startlingly universal.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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Often moving but also disquieting and even intermittently funny, this drama unfurls a spiritual parable that is uniquely Polish but accessible to all.

4.0
Film Threat

Film Threat

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The film is an important one, but above all, it is an exceptionally pleasing and easy one to watch despite its density.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

Neither a parable nor an allegory, yet image after image seems charged with intent, from the opening shot... to the climax, an apocalyptic welter of fire and blood.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

It's within the murky realm of self-doubt and spiritual anxiety that it's at its most audacious and compelling.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Shot in a grim, desaturated palette, this Polish film, directed by Jan Komasa, addresses big issues of conscience and morality.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

It deviates enough from formula-especially in its arresting ending, which takes full advantage of Bielenia's haunted visage-to be worth seeing.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This is a movie that wants you to think about what redemption really means. And it has a lead... [that's] your new Hot Priest, Eastern European Division.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Directed by Jan Komasa in only his third feature and starring a complexly compelling Bartosz Bielenia, this is a blistering drama, intense, disturbing and inescapably thought-provoking, a film that gets its power from a merging of potent opposites.

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

A quite interesting and irresistible movie, a sort of cross between Paul Schrader's recent film of spiritual crisis, "First Reformed," and Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can."

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

It's Shane, with more vodka and fewer horses. It's as Polish as a cabbage roll, yet startlingly universal.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Often moving but also disquieting and even intermittently funny, this drama unfurls a spiritual parable that is uniquely Polish but accessible to all.

4.0
Film Threat

Film Threat

press

The film is an important one, but above all, it is an exceptionally pleasing and easy one to watch despite its density.

This film is about as foreign as could be for me. Everything in it is so far away from anything I’ve ever experienced that it is honestly quite hard to find any part of it to relate to. But that’s not to say I wasn’t entertained. It was a funny story to behold, told through simple enough but good looking filmmaking, and a lead performance that was easy...

3.0