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13 Ratings

Foreign Body

Obce Cialo

Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
Poland, Italy, 2014


A dashing young Italian in Poland finds himself caught between two women — a novitiate nun and a ruthless corporate ladder-climber — in this lacerating vision of contemporary Poland from master filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi.

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Foreign Body Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi

Critics reviews

Adults, even brilliant ones, are certainly capable of making simplistic films. Sadly, Foreign Body, Polish master Krzysztof Zanussi’s eagerly anticipated take on—or rather indictment of—“the New Poland” is one of those. Out of respect for Zanussi’s rich body of work, I find myself unwilling to begin tearing apart this ridiculously over-the-top tale of a hapless boy called Angel—well, Angelo—caught between evil corporate vixens and a saintly Catholic woman.
November 03, 2014
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This is a complete mess, but I cannot honestly say whether Zanussi constructed Foreign Body to be exactly the film he wanted it to be and thus he’s just off his rocker, or if he has simply lost control of the medium… The convoluted plotting seems almost to have been made up on the spot, and at times it feels as though Zanussi has forgotten major plot points.
September 10, 2014
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A risible, boneheaded Big Issue soap opera that also happens to be Polish writer-director Krzysztof Zanussi’s first new feature since 2009’s self-referential Revisited… The sense of inquiry that once defined Zanussi’s work has been replaced with sentimental self-righteousness; the sharp observations about the search for personal and divine meaning have been swapped out for smug tautologies, third-act miracles, and a pansexual villain who literally begs to be converted.
September 09, 2014
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