VIFF 2013 review: The Priest’s Children
A social comedy that pricks holes in the pretensions of modern life, this sometimes cartoonish tale of a tiny Croatian island is grounded by Kresimir Mikic, a lanky, Adrien Brody type who plays an unfortunately sincere young assistant priest who joins with a local kiosk merchant to alter the, um, efficacy of the latter’s most popular product—thereby creating more customers for the church. Much like the citizenry of the former Yugoslavia, the local population is tightly wound in a way that doesn’t invite interference. The movie’s inherent silliness belies a dark undercurrent, reinforced by its unexpectedly melancholy framing device.
Playhouse, September 30 Centre (9:20 p.m.); Centre, October 7 (1:30 p.m.)