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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "In the Name of..." )


directed by Malgorzata Szumowska
Poland 2013


Warsaw priest Adam (Andrzej Chyra, KATYN) runs a center for troubled youths in the countryside with failed seminarian Michal (Lukasz Simlat, WARSAW). Tensions run high with a schism between the delinquents and the local "rednecks" who work together in the quarry, and shopgirl Ewa's (Maja Ostaszewska, THE PIANIST erotic overtures; but Adam - who came to religion as an adult - fights a loneliness further exacerbated by his growing desire for local boy - grown but still young and suspected of acts of pyromania - Lucasz (Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, MOTHER TERESA OF CATS) whose feelings may be mutual. Adam keeps secret the relationship he discovers between his charges "Baboon" (Daniel Swiderski) and new troublemaker Adrian (Tomasz Schuchardt, WALESA: MAN OF HOPE), overlooking other issues until tragedy occurs; and he soon finds his own conduct under scrutiny (particularly in light of another suicide that preceded his transfer from the city to the country parish).

Writer/director Malgorzata Szumowska (ELLES) tackles a touchy topic here with sensitivity and ambiguity, weaving together a web of attitudes, rumors, and unaddressed concerns that precipitate the climax more so than any specific event. Chyra gives a sensitive and well-rounded lead performance that is occasionally undercut by some unsubtle turns of director Szumowska who seems simultaneously determined not to make the character a martyr while also seeming unable to resist casting him in certain Christ-like visual tableau including a shot of Adam lying in bed with the same foreshortening effect as Andrea Mantegna's "The Lamentation of Christ"). The "enigmatic" final shot is almost inexplicable in light of the scene that preceded it (as well as what the protagonist has gone through in his position), and seems provocative for the its own sake rather than inviting interpretation or sparking debate.

Eric Cotenas


Theatrical Release: 20 September 2013 (Poland)

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DVD Review: Film Movement - Region 1 - NTSC

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Film Movement

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:41:45

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.21 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Polish Dolby Digital 5.1; Polish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:52)
• Biographies
• Short film 'Summer Vacation' (Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit; 22:22)
• Trailers:
• 'The Key of Life'
• 'The Deflowering of Eva van End'
• 'The Iran Job'
• 'The Country Teacher'
• 'Corpo Celeste'
• 'If I Want to Whistle I Whistle'

DVD Release Date: April 15th, 2014

Chapters 12





Film Movement's dual-layer presentation is free of any obvious defects, with an intentionally warm and washed out palette (even bluish night shots are usually punctuated by a spot or shaft of warmth). The subdued Polish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 stereo mixes suit the tone of a film with few loud moments (even a bit of brawling is observed by the camera from a distance). The optional English subtitles are error-free.

Contextual extras consist of only a few text biographies and the film's trailer, but the disc also features trailers for other films and the well-made Israeli short SUMMER VACATION.

  - Eric Cotenas


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