This is brilliant. Such a strong visual and political message - putting desire in the center of flesh's possession: wanting not to want as the center of faith itself. This is the kind of film that chases you with images, flashes, quotes - it ends but it doesn't stop. It perpasses the fourth wall and becomes immediately a favorite. Claps, please.
Más que una historia de terror, un drama oscuro. Es el relato de un cura que va camino a su degradación espiritual. Desde su ingreso a una cantina habitada por personajes de aire grotesco, la decadencia del protagonista se predice. El ingreso al acampado de monjas resulta un carnaval de delirio. La carga sexual curiosamente está extendida en toda la trama, muy a pesar no se materializa. Es como el espíritu; invisible
Bleak depiction of the suffocating, dead weight of institutional religion. The creepy tavern, the convent stuck in a wasteland. The grotesque contortions of the human spirit. Claustrophobic and oppressive, this film puts Russell's high-kicking musical extravaganza approach to complete and utter shame. And it simply feels more psychologically true to the past.
Despite of, or maybe because, of being agnostic, I have found that films like this produce an existential dread in me more powerful than many horror films because it has real issues in its core. File alongside Maurice Pialat's Under the Sun of Satan as an incredibly made masterpiece about the existential fear questions that exist in Christianity; now I only wished more of Kawalerowicz's work was available in the UK.
Unbelievable Master Piece. This is a really disturbing movie that deals with a very complex subject matter. Directed and performed brilliantly, Lucyna Winnicka delivers an unbelievable character, and Kawalerowicz works with a really aggresive, new and exceptional work with the camera and framing. Wieslawa Otocka, as editor, makes it flow to an ending that left me speechless by its complex and brilliant execution.
Masterfully crafted medieval drama - loosely based on Aldous Huxley's 'The Devils of Loudun' - tells an engrossing, thought-provoking story through powerful imagery. Superb performances and novel camerawork and cinematography make this a near-masterpiece. Its major flaw is its slow pacing - with some static shots that linger endlessly beyond having served their purpose. Despite its flaws, it is an unforgettable film.