The film had already been labelled controversial long before it arrived in cinemas. Now it has, and demand is so high that some movie theaters are screening "Kler" up to 20 times a day. On the other hand, there are also municipalities with conservative local authorities that don't want it in their cinemas at all. Director Wojciech Smarzowski could hardly dream of better advertising.
The subject matter is one of the hottest topics currently being debated in Poland: How priests deal with money, power and sexuality. And pedophilia. There are many people who want to participate in this debate, especially as it's taking place in a country where almost half the population regularly attends church on Sundays and more than 90 percent are baptized Catholics.
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Initial reactions are split. The association of Catholic journalists regarded the film as "anti-Catholic" and "anti-Polish," while a reviewer from the liberal-Catholic magazine Wiez described it as "superficial" and "clichéd." However, many others believe the film is breaking a taboo, and that this may be able to initiate a long-overdue process of addressing the issue.