Reactions to Corpus Christi
The second film of the season, Corpus Christi, another carried over from last year, proved even more successful with our members. Of the 93 responses, all but 4 were As or Bs with an overall appreciation score of 87.9%. Some members did find the ending rather too violent, but just about everyone was very impressed by the lead actor.
Some of the comments received:
- A deep film on many levels. Brilliant acting by main character.
- Thought provoking and insightful. Reflective of the power of church and people and how destructive a community can be in the name of faith.
- The film was an interesting dichotomy exploring what it means to be a good person and what it means to believe in someone.
- Brilliant film, beautifully acted, the main character was hypnotic. Ending a bit frustrating as is often the way with filmsoc films!
- I was completely emotionally involved which made the unexpected end scene devastating. A beautiful film but very upsetting.
- Stunning photography. Thought provoking; symbolism, philosophy, theology. Let the person without sin throw the first stone. Powerful.
- Acting was amazing especially lead . Very thought provoking.
- Such an unusual story and so well acted by the charismatic lead. I found the ending so violent and a bit disappointing.
- The lead actor was superlative – very believable and talented chap.
- Really good film, if slightly implausible in places. The pointlessness and violence of the Juvie centre and the claustrophobic hopelessness of rural, Catholic Poland was well contrasted. The above and the ‘whiteness’ of the whole film made the rise of the extreme Right in Eastern Europe explicable.
- Multiple strands to the story kept the film interesting throughout.
- Amusing, atmospheric and horrifying. Fantastic acting particularly the lead –quite a mesmerising actor.
- Visually arresting, intriguing ideas, stays with you long after it is finished.
- Found it rather depressing for the challenging days we are living in! Performance by central character was powerful but left feeling the ending was rather unsatisfactory.
- Despite the somewhat fragile storyline the film was very entertaining – gripping even – and the lead actor was brilliant.
- Bartoz Bielenia, the actor playing the central character, gave a mesmerising performance from start to finish. I thought the film was well paced and kept my attention continually. Well done for such a good choice and for bringing this film to our attention.
- Sadly the film was not shot very well and the story dragged on for too long. Whilst I didn’t enjoy the film it did present many aspects of human behaviour and perceived stereotypes which made the film somewhat watchable.