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.