Johnny (2022)

Johnny (2022)

A heartwarming film about forgiveness and second chances

6.9

Movie

Poland
Polish
Drama, History
2022
DANIEL JAROSZEK
Anna Biernacik, Anna Dymna, Beata Bandurska
120 min

What it's about

After a court order sends him to work at a hospice, an ex-criminal strikes up a friendship with a compassionate priest who changes his life.

The take

Johnny is a story you’ve heard of a thousand times, but what makes it particularly endearing is that it’s all true and based on the real-life Father Jan Kaczkowski, a priest who went out of his way to help others. Kaczkowski led an extraordinary life, and the film honors that not by putting him on a pedestal but by emphasizing his humanness and humanity. As the misunderstood thief who befriends Kaczkowski, Piotr Trojan turns in a believable and realized performance, solidifying the film's credibility. 

Johnyy's premise is far from novel, but it is an effectively heartwarming film about forgiveness and second chances.

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