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Clergy (2018)

Kler (original title)
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.


Wojciech Rzehak (screenplay), Wojciech Smarzowski (screenplay)
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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


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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Two of the characters - Trybus and Lisowski - are named the same as two characters from Drogowka of the same director. See more »


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 »


References Traffic Department (2012) See more »


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Music by Adam Walacinski
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Very Heavy, Extremely Serious And Deeply Tragic Movie
5 January 2020 | by denis888See all my reviews

Wojciech Smarzowski is a very brave and decent filmmaker - it was him who made a very tragic but hugely excellent war film Wolyn in 2016, and now, in 2018, he made another very bold move, and shot an epic movie called Kler (Polish for The Clergy), touching upon a very delicate, fragile and controversial topic as crimes in Catholic Church. This is a topic equal to those of Holocaust or Hitler's crimes in the USSR. This is a topic which not every filmmaker will ever think about. Wojciech Smarzowski took a very heavy toll and yet he managed to produce a huge, often overwhelming, very heavy, deeply tragic, extremely sad movie which displays a very bleak, dark and almost unbearable picture of modern-day situation with sex crimes in Church in Poland. Here we see three Polish Catholic priests - Jacek Braciak who plays Leszek Lisowski, Arkadiusz Jakubik who plays Andrzej Kukula and Robert Wieckiewicz who plays Tadeusz Trybus - we see them in various locations, different serious challenges and very dark moments of their lives. I am not to disclose details, this is a must-see movie, even though it is 2 hours long and is very unsettling at times, since the very topic is so unpleasant. I warn you, before watching - be prepared for a very tragic and oftentimes almost heartbreaking scenes, but the movie never lets you doubt that everything shown here is a sad truth.

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28 September 2018 (Poland) See more »

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Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland See more »


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