In The Name Of Review

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Hoping to escape from his own chequered past, young priest Adam (Chyra) is assigned to a rural community in the Polish countryside to tend to a flock of young men from reform school backgrounds. Increasingly, though, he finds himself trapped by the temptations of the flesh.

★★★★★

It has good intentions, but this melodramatic exposé of Polish provincial prejudice loses its way as an alcoholic priest becomes obsessed with a troubled youth. Scrupulously non-judgmental, it lacks the narrative control to match its grim authenticity.

As tough and sparse as its setting, this character study from Elles director Malgorzata Szumowska starts promisingly but becomes a stodgy watch.