Jendrik Walendy from the press department of FILMFEST HAMBURG:
In strong images that are as clear and cold as the relationships of the inhabitants of the Polish village torn apart by a tragedy, director Jan Komasa tells of a man released from prison who pretends to be a priest. What develops out of a spontaneous impulse and solidifies through a chain of circumstances becomes more and more a vocation for the protagonist. The film is as oppressive as it is exciting in its observation of the social outsider, who in disguise questions the prejudiced morality of the villagers and stands up for ethical action against the resistance of the supposedly good citizens. The fact that, despite everything, the main character is never depicted as a saint, that the main character Bartosz Bielenia not only lends his emaciated presence but also impressive intensity to the main character, is, apart from the empathy that the film brings to the villagers, an impressive positioning of this clever, uncompromising film.