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Film About Catholic Church Pedophilia Sets Box-Office Record in Poland

  • Nearly 1 million viewers saw movie condemned by government
  • Film starts ‘very serious conversation’ on church, actor says
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A Polish feature film about the abuses by clergy of the Roman Catholic church is setting attendance records at the country’s box office.

‘Kler’ -- named after the Polish word for clergy -- attracted over 935,000 viewers last weekend, the country’s best opening three days in 30 years, according to the Association of Polish Filmmakers. The movie, which explores the themes of child abuse, romantic liaisons, corruption, greed and alcoholism by clerics, has been harshly criticized by Poland’s conservative government with close links to the church.