Jan Komasa’s ‘Corpus Christi’, playing at Dharamsala, makes you think about faith and prayer, sinners and saints

Posted on October 31, 2020



There is no point in praying mechanically. There is no point in attending church just to get it done with. You don’t even have to be in church to be with God. If you want to step out and play football, God will follow you.

In Christian terms, Daniel (Bartosz Bielenia) is a sinner. He used to rob shops and stores. He did drugs. He killed a man. As he puts it: “Once I wanted to show off in front of my people, so I beat the shit out of one fucker and he fucking collapsed. He dropped dead in the hospital.” Well, unmeditated murder is still murder. Daniel ended up in a detention centre. And when he found out that the brother of the man he killed was heading to the same detention centre, he begged for parole. That’s the story of how Daniel is sent to work in a saw mill “at the other end of the country”.

But that’s not the story of Jan Komasa’s 2019 drama Corpus Christi, which premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival and was the Polish entry for the Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards. (It was nominated. It lost to Parasite.) The story is really about faith (look, again, at the film’s title!), which some of us struggle with. Movies about faith, therefore, are endlessly fascinating, because they allow us to concrete-ise the abstract questions in our mind.

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