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Mother Joan of the Angels 1961 / Matka Joanna od Aniolow film review


Mother Joan of the Angels 1961 film review

Mother Joan of the Angels (1961, Poland)

Original title
Matka Joanna od Aniolow
Genres
Running time
103 minutes
Language
Polish
Categories
Our rating
★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8 / 10

The film is set in the 17th century in a secluded monastery in Poland. The news that the nuns with the prioress are possessed by Satan forced the ecclesiastical authorities to send a priest, Jesuit Suryn, to check these rumors. Suryn, along with other priests, begin exorcism to remove the devil, but despite his best efforts cannot be succeed with the prioress of Joanna. He begins to doubt his faith and religion, mainly because of a closer contacts with the mother of Joanna, whenever he is under more and more tension and anxiety. He doesn’t even realize that what is destroying him is the ordinary physical desire and love for the prioress. Suryn himself is trying to explain the passion for Joanna with the influence of evil spirits.

This film caused a lot of controversy, particularly criticism from clerics who forbid the emission of the film. The film presents the problem of lack of faith, the guilt, the sin, But it is above all a very good artistic cinema. The film is full of ambiguities, the word love is not even once used in relation to love between a man and a woman. Very good performances from the actors augmented by a black and white image. The film was based on a story by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz and has received many awards.


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Creators of Mother Joan of the Angels


Jerzy Kawalerowicz films

Jerzy Kawalerowicz

director

Jerzy Kawalerowicz films

Jerzy Kawalerowicz

screenplay

Tadeusz Konwicki films

Tadeusz Konwicki

screenplay



Cast of Mother Joan of the Angels


Lucyna Winnicka films

Lucyna Winnicka

as mother Joanna

Mieczyslaw Voit films

Mieczyslaw Voit

as father Suryn

Anna Ciepielewska films

Anna Ciepielewska

as sister Malgorzata of the Cross

Kazimierz Fabisiak films

Kazimierz Fabisiak

as father Brym

Stanislaw Jasiukiewicz films

Stanislaw Jasiukiewicz

as Chrzaszczewski

Maria Chwalibog films

Maria Chwalibog

as publican Antosia

Halina Billing-Wohl films

Halina Billing-Wohl

as nun

Magda Teresa Wojcik films

Magda Teresa Wojcik

as nun

Jerzy Kaczmarek films

Jerzy Kaczmarek

as Kaziuk

Franciszek Pieczka films

Franciszek Pieczka

as Odryn


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