A young Polish deserter and gifted organist finds shelter from the fascists in a Slovak Franciscan monastery. He gets into a conflict with the local organist and choir leader, a man limited in his world views and spiritual values.
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What I liked in this movie is not the meditation on a tragic part of history, rather blunt and clear, and its deformation of individuals. It’s the way it reminds art’s failed mission to provide mass pedagogy, yet be a proper refuge for separate persons and their usually much despised, though saving, personal interpretations. The soldier on the run plays music as if it was an inner axis, a way to find a faltering
A travers l'opposition larvée entre les deux organistes, Stefan Uher tente de cerner la problématique de la musique sacrée, voire de l'art en général, face à la foi et à l'humanité tourmentée.