Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

DVD - 2020 | Polish
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After spending years in a Warsaw prison for a violent crime, twenty-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. While in prison, he 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Film Movement, [2020]
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781980088325
1980088322
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE WORLD POLISH CORPUS C
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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It's so hard for anything to hold my attention during this dumpster fire year - this movie was one of the few things that got me to stop doomscrolling and actually follow a story. I was not disappointed. Funny, raw, and deeply emotional. Ruby

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LPL_MaryW Dec 15, 2020

My husband and I loved this film. It's so thought-provoking, exposed, and beautiful. Despite the drama and intensity, after contemplation, I'm left with a smile. Jesus walks among us.

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LPL_RubyM Oct 29, 2020

Bartosz Bielenia brings incredible tenderness to this role, meshing his character's violent past with child-like earnestness and care. I thought I was going to watch a goofy comedy and I ended up bawling on my couch. In a good way. Watch this movie.


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Jane_Sm
Apr 16, 2021

Wow. Pleasantly surprised to the point of being amazed. Acting, content, subject matter ... all brilliant.

LPL_MaryW Dec 15, 2020

My husband and I loved this film. It's so thought-provoking, exposed, and beautiful. Despite the drama and intensity, after contemplation, I'm left with a smile. Jesus walks among us.

LPL_RubyM Oct 29, 2020

Bartosz Bielenia brings incredible tenderness to this role, meshing his character's violent past with child-like earnestness and care. I thought I was going to watch a goofy comedy and I ended up bawling on my couch. In a good way. Watch this movie.

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jimg2000
Sep 21, 2020

AKA Boze Cialo or A God's Body. During the first 10 minutes of the 115 minute film, Daniel is in a tough juvie center right in the middle of a nefarious act among peers of hardened juvenile delinquents. He attends mass and looks up to the jail priest but perhaps only as a father figure. Soon, free on parole, Daniel promptly indulges in heavy drinking, snorting cocaine and casual sex. Somehow, the audience are expected to go along that the very young protagonist would suddenly radiate innate moral authority as a priest in a village trying to recover from a painful trauma? His few short theological soundbites are gibberish and the ending is incredulous as well. While the acting and story premise are not bad but impossible to overcome a poor script to be entertaining or enjoyable. It would be a much better film without the strong element of violence in the start and final film sequences.

Note: The interviews with the film makers in the 15 minutes bonus features "Making of Corpus Christi" does not change my mind.

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jimg2000
Sep 21, 2020

Father Tomasz's sermon near the film's beginning to the juvies:

I'm not here to pray mechanically. And I hope you're not here, either, just to get it done with. You don't have to stay here. We can go outside and... Wanna play football? God will follow us. If we don't have to be here... Here. Then ask yourselves: "Why have we come here?" We're here to remember something important. Remember and keep it in memory. Each of us is the priest of Christ. Me, you. Each and every one of you. They tell you to pray. What does "pray" mean? It means: "Talk to God." Tell him something important, personal. Tell him about your feelings, anger, fear, hurt... Even about your guilt. He will understand that. Sing to him about it!

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jimg2000
Sep 21, 2020

The modified sermon delivered by the protagonist to villagers:

Silence can also be a prayer. I'm not here to pray mechanically. And neither are you, I hope. Actually, God is also outside, right? Because why are we here anyway? It's like this. We come to church. We look at him. Jesus, how can I imitate you? You are so pure. While I bring you all this dirt with me. How am I supposed to act on your behalf if I can't handle my own life? Then go and pray. Just pray. From the bottom of your heart. Now. Have a chat with God. Sing him a song.

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jimg2000
Sep 21, 2020

One of the inspiring messages to the grieving villagers from the young delinquent, the messenger:

I am a murderer. Yes, you've heard me right. I killed. I killed in my thoughts. I killed in what... I failed to do. I killed in what I did. You know what we're good at? Giving up on people. Pointing the finger at them. "Forgive" doesn't mean "forget". It doesn't mean
"pretend nothing happened". "Forgive" means "love". Love someone despite their guilt. No matter what the guilt is. Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father. May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

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jimg2000
Sep 21, 2020

One of the inspiring messages to the grieving villagers from the young delinquent, the messenger:

Lord... You took them away from us. Kuba, Marysia, Tomek... Maciek, Kamila... and Staszek... What you did was unfair. Cruel. Stupid. We don't understand why you did that. We are furious. Try to understand us. Don't judge, but understand us. And help us, O Lord. Help us understand. Help us understand you! For we know how easy it is to lose faith. Not only in God and his goodness. But in the point of it all. We know! Just take a look! This is a miracle. This is the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. The one we're reading so much about in the Gospel. It's not up there, distant in time and space. It's right here, right now!

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