by Tan Hoang NGUYEN
2000 / Betacam SP / color / sound / 1S / 8' 00

The dream of every Catholic mother is for her son to
dedicate his life to the Church, i.e. to receive the
Calling and become a priest. After having four
daughters, my mother made a deal with the Virgin Mary
that if granted a son, she would give him up to God,
and that was how I came to be and what I was destined
to become.

Employing a collage of evocative film clips from such
classic priest movies as «The Thorn Birds»,»„The
Exorcist», «Diary of a Country Priest», and «I
Confess», I filter the sacrifice of my mother
through the ordeals of these cinematic men of the
cloth, entangled in the apron strings of their own
mothers. These priests suffer from the classic
symptom of Catholicism: a guilty conscience, enacted
through secrecy, hiding, and Satanic possession, which
are also classic symptoms of another malady:


distribution format Digital file on server (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 30,00 €