Interesting soap opera about modern Polish life...
This Polish serial drama centers around the rectory occupied by the senior parish priest and a younger one, the Catholic church still having greater importance in the lives of Poles than the USA or indeed, a lot of Europe. And that's in spite of having once been a Communist satellite country!
People in the town have their share of troubles, including the usual adulteries, abusive marriages, job woes, etc., and they end up, sooner or later, sharing it with their helpful pastor. The senior priest himself soon discovers there was fruit from his youthful indiscretion prior to becoming a priest (though, mercifully, no pedophilia of any kind!) There is even the stereotypical humorous /wise characters and a stereotypical well-to-do female troublemaker, ironically named "Angelika."
I became acquainted with this program (under the USA title "The Priest's House") when it was broadcast by a local cable station from New Britain, CT, which still has a large, influential Polish population. Even though it's entirely in Polish without even subtitles for translation, it's fairly easy to follow if you have someone on hand who is familiar with the language (like my Mom). Pretty soon, like any American soap, one soon recognizes familiar situations and translations become superfluous, because the acting is very good.
The only real difference between this and American serials is the lack of sexual titillation--- Like soap operas USED TO BE here, everything is suggested (as befits a program centered on a Catholic parish!) and the acting and character development carries one along. Don't think, though, that this means most of the actors are unattractive. While the older characters are realistic, earthy types, the younger people are as handsome or pretty at as their American counterparts, if not as scantily clad.
Sadly, the Polish programming of the local station (which included news broadcasts from Poland) was drastically cut back, and this fine soap was one of the casualties, while we were very into Angelika's desperate yet nefarious plans to acquire a child, and the fate of a young abused poor mother. We hope it will return someday, or at least become available on USA-compatible DVDs for rent.
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