11 November 2009

Priest (1994)

Priest (1994)

Director: Antonia Bird
Scenario: Jimmy McGovern
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Year: 1994
Duration: 98 min | Argentina:98 min
Rating: 7.1/10




Actors: Linus Roache, Tom Wilkinson, Robert Carlyle, Cathy Tyson, Lesley Sharp, Robert Pugh, James Ellis, Christine Tremarco, Paul Barber, Rio Fanning, Jim R. Coleman, Bill Dean, Gilly Coman, Fred Pearson, Jimmy Gallagher







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Volim ga, želim da je stalno pored mene, je li to grijeh?
Ako ste sveštenik onda je zasigurno taj grijeh još veći!


Biti gay, a biti svešenik za crkvu definitivno nije nešto što bi trebalo biti u božjoj milosti.
U božjem oprostu ima mjesta za svaki grijeh, a svako iskupljenje ima svoju cijenu. To zna svaki hrišćanin i to nije diskutabilno sa stanovišta vjere.
Diskutabilno je da li je ljubav između dva muškarca grijeh? Ima li crkva pravo da pogriješi i može li priznati grešku staru hiljadu i više godina?
Ako je bog učinio da ljubav bude pokretač čovjeka i najjača snaga čovječanstva, da li je onda svaka ljubav vrijedna poštovanja? Ako je iskrena i čista ma kojem obliku bila ispoljena, ljubav je nešto što može biti samo dar od Boga.
Sdruge strane crkveni fanatici ljubav između dva muškaraca pripisuje sotoni, zaboravljajući da Sotona nije u stanju da podari bilo kakvu ljubav, već samo mržnju, bijes i jad.
Greg Pilkington je katolički sveštenik koji dolazi u parohiju da zajedno sa Ocem Matthewem okuplja ljude u vijeri i propovjeda ljubav prema bogu i crkvi. Zatiče Oca Matthewa sa ženom i ošto ga prekorijeva što je prekršio zavijet celibata. Međutim Greg i pored toga ostaje tolerantan prema Matthewu i njegovo sagrešenje oprašta.
Ono što Grega dovodi u istinsko iskušenje je ispovijed djevojčice Lise koja mu otkriva da je njen otac seksualno zlostavlja. Ispovijed je nešto što prema crkvenim zakonima mora ostati tajna, pa ma kako teška bila. Greg koji se lomi da prekrši zavijet ćutanja uz nebrojene molitve bogu da spasi malu Lisu patnje i sam podliježe neoprostivom grijehu! Skidajući svešteničku odoru odlazi u gay barove i u jednom od njih upoznaje protestanta u kojeg se iskreno zaljubi.
Za tvrdokorne katoličke crkvene pristaše ovo je dovoljno da cijela filmska priča sagori na lomači.
Međutim realan život nam nudi opciju da prosudimo šta je u svemu tome istinski grijeh, a šta ne! Voljeti muškarca to zacijelo nije, a ne učiniti ništa da se prekinu patnje male Lise u srcima većine ljudi ipak jeste!
Dileme, osijećaj bespomoćnosti, griža savijesti i nedozvoljena ljubav prema muškarcu su emocije koje će nas pratiti kroz cjeli film i nametnuti nam da preispitamo sami sebe i pomjerimo granice između dobra i zla ali i grijeha i blagoslovljenog življenja!
Film me je na trenutak vratio u vrijeme kad sam se zadnji put vidio sa voljenom osobom. Ovaj poslijednji balkanski rat je uspio da nas razdvoji i nametne nam sopstvena pravila. Iako sam ja pravoslavac , a on katolik , sjedeli smo u istoj crkvenoj klupi i molili se da naša ljubav pobijedi sve strahote i iskušenja oko nas!
Nakon što smo sa suzama u očima izašli iz crkve, uputili smo se na autobusku stanicu gdje su nas čekali autobusi koji su nas zauvijek razdvojili! Iz tog iskustva sam naučio da je ljubav jedini razlog zbog kojeg se treba odricati i boriti. Voljeti nekoga je najsvetije i najljepše u našim životima!

 

PETER STACK, Chronicle Staff Critic


Because film by its very nature is steeped in images of the real world and oriented in action, it has trouble capturing a sense of the spiritual. But it is precisely that elusive sense, emerging from the mire of sin and guilt, that makes ``Priest'' an exceptional movie.


There has been a smattering of complaint about ``Priest,'' opening today at the Bridge in San Francisco (it's due later at other Bay Area theaters) from conservative Roman Catholics. The complaint seems misplaced. This powerful drama looks at the tortured soul of a gay priest and comes up with a curiously inspiring statement about faith and morality.
``Priest,'' from Britain's Antonia Bird (``Safe''), won the Audience Prize at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Set in inner-city Liverpool, it stars the hot young British actor Linus Roache as the Rev. Greg Pilkington, a dutiful, idealistic diocesan priest assigned to a tough parish to replace an older clergyman who has lost his marbles because of the pressures of working in grim, poor neighborhoods.


PARISH PASTOR
Full of a desire to do right in his new job, Father Greg hits a snag almost the minute he arrives. He discovers that the gregarious parish pastor, the Rev. Matthew Thomas (Tom Wilkinson, who plays Mr. Pecksniff in the PBS serial of Dickens' ``Martin Chuzzlewit''), is living an essentially married life with the parish housekeeper, Maria, played by Cathy Tyson (``Mona Lisa'').
Tyson has one of the film's best lines when she steps forward to confirm that celibacy is no longer part of Father Matthew's calling.
This discovery opens a painful rift between the two men. Father Matthew is a progressive whose approach is to bend the rules to serve the wild cards of humanity. But young Father Greg is adamant that church doctrine, however severe, should be followed to the letter in service to God.
Greg's ideals are thrown into a spinning
hell of self-doubt and guilt after he dons a leather jacket to venture into a gay club and gives in to his sexual desire for a young man he meets named Graham (Robert Carlyle).
Things get worse when the next day a young girl confesses to Father Greg that she is being abused by her father. Bound by the seal of confession, and tormented by the evil around him and his guilt about his sexual identity, Greg's moral convictions begin to unravel. But he keeps his troubles to himself.

 


FAITH AND MORALITY
Fans of novelist Graham Greene may recognize a touch of the tortured discussions of faith and morality that crop up in his books -- at one point Greg weighs the agonies of his soul in a rambling speech during a seaside walk with his gay friend. But he's essentially talking to himself.
Roache plays the priest so deftly you get a rare sense of a man's inner struggle, and of his inability to ease up on himself because he takes his responsibilities as a clergyman so seriously. It's an amazing performance that makes utterly human a man's quest for spiritual truth while he tries to hide from the truth about himself.
This film is extraordinary for the themes it explores -- sometimes with delicious humor -- beyond the obvious. It's one thing to see a man struggle to find himself, another for a film to carry the fight to a luminous moment that brings that struggle into the larger world where differing visions of truths contend.
All of this is played out against a background of a working-class parish filled with strong characters who make their mark, for better or worse, in telling moments on the screen.
The movie becomes a fascinating glimpse at a vast subject -- intolerance vs. understanding. There's some preachiness in ``Priest,'' and yet you go away feeling the embrace of

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