Corpus Christi is the story of a 20-year-old Daniel who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a Youth Detention Center. He wants to become a priest but this is impossible because of his criminal record. When he is sent to work at a carpenter’s workshop in a small town, on arrival he dresses up as a priest and accidentally takes over the local parish. The arrival of the young, charismatic preacher is an opportunity for the local community to begin the healing process after a tragedy that happened there.
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. The protagonist of Corpus Christi seems to take this dictate of the gospel literally, determined to change his life following the traumatising experience of juvenile prison and to put himself at the service of a god he discovered thanks to his acquaintance with the inspiring reformatory’s border priest. Daniel’s adherence to religion is personal to say the least, and certainly comes from the despair of solitude, the inability to imagine a future, the misery of the present, and the idea of being able to count on someone and to prove that one is more than the mistakes one made. When the protagonist’s clear-headed confusion and his exuberant desire to “do good” meet the physical and moral fragility of the local church of a small town suffocated by pain and resentment due to an accident that split the community, the show begins and the question is: where does true spirituality reside?
Eliza Rycembel, Tomasz Zietek, Jan Hrynkiewicz, Leszek Lichota, Łukasz Simlat