The Priest's Children // Svecenikova djeca

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Semenjak memulai tugasnya sebagai pastur muda di sebuah pulau lepas pantai Kroasia, Fabijan mengamati bahwa pertumbuhan penduduk di sana minus. Orang lebih senang melakukan seks untuk kesenangan ketimbang kewajiban bereproduksi. Doanya terjawab ketika Petar, penjual kondom yang laris tapi belum dikaruniai anak, mengaku dosa. Ia merasa telah membunuh calon manusia. Maka Fabijan melanjutkan doanya dengan kerja: bersama Petar dan Marin, seorang apoteker xenofobik setengah sinting, ia melakukan operasi sabotase demi memastikan sperma-sperma akan membuahkan keturunan sebanyak-banyaknya.

 

Dalam komedi sosial yang dinominasikan sebagai Komedi Terbaik dalam ajang European Film Award 2013 ini, sutradara Kroasia Vinko Brešan menarik ulur perasaan penontonnya dengan menyentuh topik sensitif seperti aborsi dan kemandulan. Film ini diadaptasi dari pentas teater kontroversial karya Mate Matisic, dan dibintangi salah satu aktor Kroasia paling handal, Krešimir Mikić.

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THE PRIEST’S CHILDREN tells the story of Father Florijan (Krešimir Mikić) who is sent to serve on an unnamed small island in the Adriatic Sea where the population is dying out. In order to help increase the birth rate on the island, he conspires with the religious kiosk salesman Petar to poke pin-holes in all sold condoms. The pharmacist Marin joins the band, replacing birth controll pills with vitamins. All this scheming is done to promote, in Father Florijan’s view, God’s will. Soon enough, the number of births sky-rockets! But Father Florijan has to explain his concept of extreme Christianity as things get more than a little complex.

 

In this piece of social comedy, the Croatian director Vinko Brešan playfully pulls his audience in by touching sensitive topics such as abortion and infertility. Adapted from a controversial stage play by screenwriter Mate Matisic, the film features one of Croatia’s most versatile actors, Krešimir Mikić. THE PRIEST’S CHILDREN was nominated for Best Comedy in the 2013 European Film Award.

 

Ulasan

As the plot’s main propeller, tall, lanky Mikic is a sympathetic screen presence,

especially when disillusionment sets in after Fabijan does what he perceives as his Christian duty.

The rather generic but colorful supporting cast boasts plenty of charisma and excellent comic timing.

-- Alissa Simon, Variety

 

As in most Balkan comedies, there's a lot of crude humor involving sex; some innuendo

about war-time behavior and the prerequisite guns that have to be drawn.

Matisic even dares to include a couple of broad jabs at the Church,

an institution that's been plagued with sex-related scandals of its own.

-- Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

 

Basically a comedy, but tackling some serious issues which are currently topical in Croatia,

[...] Brešan is practically the only constant hit-maker in Croatia, a territory infamous

for the fact that the audiences are rarely interested in local product.

-- Vladan Petkovic, Cineuropa

 

Croatian director Vinko Brešan’s fifth feature perhaps over-loads its premise -

a young Catholic priest comes to a small island and starts poking holes in condoms

in an attempt to increase the birth rate –

but it’s extremely engaging and frequently side-splittingly funny.

-- Richard Mowe, Eye for Film

 

Sutradara Vinko Bresan | Pemeran Kresimir Mikic, Niksa Butijer, Marija Skaricic | Tahun 2013 | Durasi 96 menit | Jenis Fiksi | Negara Kroasia, Serbia, Montenegro | Bahasa Kroasia, Jerman | Subteks Bahasa Inggris | Format Digital | Klasifikasi Usia 18+

 

 

Penghargaan

  • Nomine | European Comedy, European Film Awards 2013, Berlin, Jerman

  • Pemenang | Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Niksa Butijer), Pula Film Festival 2013, Pula, Kroasia

  • Pemenang | Best Picture, Tróia International Film Festival 2014, Setúbal, Portugal

  • Pemenang | A Look at the Balkans Award, Thessaloniki Film Festival 2013, Thessaloniki, Yunani

Festival

  • In Competition | Karlovy Vary Interational Film Festival 2013, Praha, Republik Ceko

  • In Competition | Chicago International Film Festival 2013, Chicago, Amerika Serikat

  • In Competition | CPH PIX 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

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