A convenience store owner and an idealistic priest wage a secret war on contraception by puncturing holes in every condom for sale in their remote island community. That’s the setup for this Serbian-Croatian coproduction, which begins as a pat (though agreeable) anticlerical satire before taking several surprising turns, some of them into rather dark subject matter (one of the most audacious jokes alludes to ethnic cleansing). Like the comedies of Spanish filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia (The Day of the Beast, The Last Circus), this maintains a bright, cartoonish tone no matter how outlandish or gruesome the story gets, with the growing disparity between form and content providing some of the better laughs. Vinko Brešan directed. In Croatian with subtitles.
The Priest’s Children
1 hour 33 min • 2013