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In the Name of explores a priest and a man's sexual, forbidden desires

Jesus walked on water, no?
Jesus walked on water, no?
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Holy homosexuals! This one will rattle your rosaries.
This is a helluva riveting Polish film, even if you have to read English subtitles. Adam is a Catholic priest who discovered his calling as a servant of God at the relatively late age of 21. He lives in a village in rural Poland where he works with teenagers with behavioral problems. He declines the advances of a young blonde named Ewa, saying he is already spoken for. However, celibacy is not the only reason for his rejection; Adam knows that he desires men and that his embrace of the priesthood has been a flight from his own sexuality.
When he meets Lukasz, the strange and taciturn son of a simple rural family, Adam's self-imposed abstinence becomes a burden perhaps too heavy to bear.
Malgoska Szumowska's visually powerful film, charged with striking imagery from Christ's Passion, dares to broach the still-taboo topic of homosexuality in the priesthood. Confronted with his "forbidden" desires, her protagonist experiences both moments of bliss and utter dispair. It's a film about confused emotions, repression and loneliness, and the possibility of perhaps finding oneself after all.
Available on DVD on April 15 at, and other retailers, In the Name of on DVD includes Summer Vacation, a short film from Israel by Sharon Maymon. Twenty-two minutes in length, the film follows a young man on a peaceful vacation with his family, until an encounter with the past threatens to derail the temporary paradise.