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Three Catholic priests meet to celebrate the anniversary of an event which could have taken their lives. Their experiences and motivations to serve as priests are extremely different, and soon each of them will have to face new challenges.

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Wojciech Rzehak (screenplay), Wojciech Smarzowski (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arkadiusz Jakubik ... Priest Andrzej Kukula
Robert Wieckiewicz ... Priest Tadeusz Trybus
Jacek Braciak ... Priest Leszek Lisowski
Joanna Kulig ... Hanka Tomala
Janusz Gajos ... Archbishop Mordowicz
Adrian Zaremba ... Vicar Jan
Magdalena Celówna-Janikowska ... Natalia (as Magdalena Celówna)
Ignacy Klim Ignacy Klim ... Rysiek Malinowski
Michal Gadomski Michal Gadomski ... Rysiek's stepfather
Katarzyna Chlebny Katarzyna Chlebny ... Bozena
Iwona Bielska ... Nurse Kaczorowska
Bartosz Trybon Bartosz Trybon ... Nowakowa's son
Kamil Panas Kamil Panas ... Schoolboy Bury
Robert Wabich ... Commander Bury
Sebastian Perdek Sebastian Perdek ... Sergeant Madecki
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A few years ago, tragic events combined the fate of three Catholic priests. Now, on every anniversary of the catastrophe that they miraculously escaped with their lives, the clergymen meet to celebrate the fact of their survival. Their everyday lives are, however, very different. Lisowski (Jacek Braciak) is an entrepreneurial curia worker in a big city who dreams of moving to the Vatican. The problem is that Archbishop Mordowicz (Janusz Gajos) is standing in his way, a luxurious dignitary who uses political influence to build the largest sanctuary in Poland. The second of the priests, Trybus (Robert Wieckiewicz), unlike Lisowski, is a rural pastor. Serving in a place full of poverty, he increasingly succumbs to human weaknesses. Kukula (Arkadiusz Jakubik) is also not very successful, and - despite his fervent faith - actually loses the trust of his parishioners day by day. Soon the stories of the three clergymen merge once again, and the events that will take place will have an impact...

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Nic co ludzkie nie jest im obce

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Country:

Poland

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Polish | Italian | Czech

Release Date:

28 September 2018 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Clergy See more »

Filming Locations:

Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland See more »

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Trivia

During the 2018 Gdynia Polish Film Festival, 'Kler' was met with the longest applause of the audience which should have given it the Zloty Klakier (Golden Clapper) award, presented each year by public Radio Gdansk. However, the Managing Director of Radio Gdansk decided not to award any movie with Golden Clapper that year, citing 'an impossibility of objective assessment of survey accuracy' as a pretext . Commentators have connected it with the controversial subject of the movie, which was criticized by the Catholic Church and part of ruling politicians in Poland, who decide about manning of the public media. See more »

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Scenes taking place in and around churches were shot in the Czech Republic. In one of them a Czech road sign "give way" is visible (a white triangle with red border) instead of a Polish one (a yellow triangle with a red border). See more »

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References Drogówka (2012) See more »

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Criminals in broad daylight
15 October 2018 | by webdoc37See all my reviews

The movie highlights and lays bare the true nature of the catholic clergy and their sins. A movie will always take some artistic liberty, perhaps exaggerate certain aspects or embellish certain situations, although I feel this film tries to remain reasonable... the characters are believable and their moral dilemmas (or the absence thereof...) seem realistic.

The sad truth, however, is that the catholic church is a criminal organization that actively, explicitly and deliberately evades and frustrates justice being done to its victims. If this was any other bunch of guys, say, a corporation or a sports club or even a government department, the entire lot would be liquidated, put on trial and jailed. No other cabal of abusers would continue getting a free pass for doing what they do.

And if you are going to church and/or giving money to them you are complicit in and supportive of their criminal and strongly abusive misdeeds. Yeah sure your local priest is a good man. If he really was, he would actually do something about it; resign, ask questions, point out the abusers, provide evidence. As things stand, the vast majority of them prefer to stay silent and protect the church instead. No human being with a modicum of decency would continue working for that bunch of privileged self-appointed sanctimonious hypocrites who refuse to acknowledge there is a problem, let alone admit the scale of it.


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