No Film has caused in Poland for such a sensation, such a scandal, such as “Kler”, the latest work of Director Wojciech Smarzowski. For the past two weeks the movie runs in Polish cinemas, and the response is beyond all expectations: Three million people have seen the plant in which it is about three corrupt priests who get caught up in criminal machinations. The movie snakes don’t tear off.
“Kler” is a social phenomenon, is to appreciate its political importance. The opening scene is a Bang: it shows three in the province of priest – Andrzej (Arkadiusz Jakubik), Tadeusz (Robert Wieckiewicz) and Leszek (Jacek Braciak) – as they throw in a parish completely beside the track, drinking games, and with diabolical Songs in no time. Priest Andrzej is a cynical hymn of praise: “The mystery of faith? Gold, Euros and Dollars.“ Then it goes on to say: “There is no Faith without oppression.”
After the carousing priest Tadeusz driving his car completely drunk back to his parish house. This leads to a collision. But the priest is too drunk to see what happened, so he steps on the Gas and disappears from the scene of the accident. Priest Andrzej is, in turn, on the next Morning, quietly in the Church to celebrate mass. In hangover mode, his yesterday’s words seem to be from the vodka washed away: He mimes the moralists, and we ask our parish community to donate for the renovation of the Church. The third member of the team departs in the morning to a business meeting: He meets with a mobster, he has promised that he is allowed to mount the heating system for a new Church building. For a whopping Dose of grease money, of course. The Problem is that The Archbishop (Janusz Gajos) has been responsible for his own buddies. Quickly it comes to a conflict between the clergy.
The Film jumps between the three acts and combines them with a simple message: The Polish priesthood is corrupt, bigoted, money – and makes you Horny. In addition, a core element is added, which connects the three biographies: the break with celibacy. The proximity to the pedophilia. This is shown especially in the history of the priest Andrzej. He is observed by three acolytes through a key hole, as he moves out a little boy from a socially vulnerable family in the sacristy of the shirt.
Quickly the rumor that he touched the boys immoral, or even abused is spreading. But nothing is happening. It was only when the Boy to the police and high-traumatized makes a statement, the alleged scandal to the light of day. The Church stands behind the priest. However, the villagers do not want to cave in on me. You terrorize the clergy, want to his head, wanting revenge. Particularly controversial is the fact that in the Film downstream of statements of abused altar boys and members of the Church will be shown, played, reports of authentic cases.
The spectators will witness how the conflicts come to a head. The cover-up of the car accident, the coverage of the corruption, the Hiding of the pedophilia scandal. Later, it turns out that priest Tadeusz has an affair with a believer. As the woman tells him that she is pregnant, he asks, after he has poured a big swig of vodka in the throat: “Why didn’t you use protection?” The woman responds: “That is against the law of God.” His response: “blowing it!” All of these conflicts culminate in a spectacular Finale, which is staged as a blow to the Polish President. to get
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in fact, This Film works as a powerful sledgehammer. In the 120-minute work will be touched so all the taboos of the Catholic Church, who came so far in Poland, only behind closed doors. So also explain that “Kler” provides currently for such interest. It is hard to get a cinema ticket. Even in the small provincial town of the race, the people in the movie theatre, from all political Camps, even those interested in artistic debates.
The Drama – with three million viewers – is the dominant theme of the critics of the television channels and especially the cafes, living room and Kitchen bars in a deeply divided country. Wojciech Szmarzowski has created a work that is the most important movie since 1989, since the fall of the time.
artistically, it may not be a particularly nuanced work, Smarzowski has made better films. How about “Drogówka”, in which he revealed the corruption scandals of the Warsaw’s traffic police relentlessly. Or “Wesele” (“The wedding”), in which he takes apart in Poland encrusted family structures. Even though the Film is more nuanced be had and also the binder can be, a positive influence of the Catholic Church, he is of the utmost importance to society, especially in a time in which the media will always be recognized more by the shift to the right of the nationalist government’s law and justice party (PiS). The Film stirred the poles – and in a Catholic country where almost every second citizen goes to Church on Sundays. No wonder, then, that a politician of the PiS wanted to ban the Film.
feeling Like a believer, the poles, the great moderate number of Catholics, the Polish Church moved more and more in a law-free space. The President, the Prime Minister, the top ranks of the policy – they are all looking for votes the shoulder-to-shoulder with the Catholic Church and to secure through the collusion, donations and voters. No one from the government party wants to anger the Church. This is because, unlike in Germany, it comes to Sunday sermons to political timpani and choice recommendations, to the extent that the political influence of the Church is not to be underestimated.
you Can develop Poland as Ireland?
Now it is required that the Polish Church is using a Commission to deal with the Problem of pedophile priests. Statistics assume that two to seven percent of all priests is a paedophile inclination and that is precisely why the priesthood have chosen. Simply by Faith, under the protection of the that we all share today criminal free to live out their fantasies. Anti-paedophilia-commissions are not currently being discussed in the Vatican, where the Pope look the other way and with the numerous international scandals want to clean up.
But Poland is a functioning Church in a global comparison, their own. You can not even from the Pope to say something. This Film could lead to the policy, but also the common Church-goers with the theme of pedophilia is more and pressure on their communities to exercise. The hope is that the Polish Church cleans from the inside out and to find their positive role she has played in Poland during the eighties – during the fall of communism.
Smarzowski self is amazed by the reception, as he admits in Interviews. In an interview with the “Gazeta Wyborcza” said the self-proclaimed Atheist, he wishes to weaken Poland a similar development was going through as Ireland is a Catholic country, has recently decided the abortion laws and to deal with the issue of pedophilia in the Church. Movies could help in this process, says Smarzowski. “Unlike the Theater, the Film is still able to attract all strata of society in the cinema. It was also my desire for ‘Kler’: that people do not see this movie, the think like me.” The wish has come true.
“Kler” runs on Sunday, the 21. October, as a special presentation in a number of German cinemas