Sunday, 17 August 2014

The Priest's Children

Here's a movie I did not expect, in so many different ways. A croatian blend of Comedy and Drama that has what so many comedys coming out of Hollywood lack these days: It's own tone and voice.

This movie revolves around a young catholic priest on a small Island in Croatia, who finds out that his parish is using contraceptives to prevent the miracle of childbirth. With the help of a kiosk owner and an apothecary he sets out to poke holes in all the condoms on the island.

The strength of this movie is its unpredictability. The eastern european setting and sensibility makes this feel radically different from the comedys we are used to today. The humour feels vaguely episodic at times and it uses cutaway gags like you might know from Family Guy. Most importantly though, even if it goes for a very silly humour sometimes, this movie takes itself incredibly serious, and by the end of it, you are left wondering how much of this actually was a comedy. It makes you laugh and think at the same time.

The movie takes a very serious look at the state of organised religion these days and the most controversial issues are cleverly played for laughs. Apart from that, it touches on media, the influence of tourism and the social pressure in a small community.

The performances are strong, and the lead, who looks a bit like a mix of John Cusack and Adrien Brody, provides a strong anchor even through the more ridiculous scenes.

If you can find this movie playing somewhere and are tired of cut-and-dry comedies, this might be the one for you.

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