The film was made in France, but the story is set in Poland. I did not want to tell the story too literally for that would not give me enough creative freedom. It is a fiction film, not a docudrama, it is an artistic hypothesis. It was not to become a militant film about a goof priest and a bad cop. What is hidden under the surface, how fascism really works, how people arrive at decisions to kill other people, that is what interests me. The emphasis on the killer. He determines the dramatic pattern of my film. That is the first motive.
The second dramatic line is the tragedy of Popieluszko. His choice was not easy either. His actions were not lightly accepted by the church authorities. He was a victim of several forces.
A third line iin the film is the meeting between the two protagonists, let us call them Cain and Abel, good and evil. But what is evil? Both men defend their country. Both are passionate fighters for their country... (A.Holland)
Christopher Lambert, Ed Harris, Joss Ackland
Agnieszka Holland, Michael Cooper, Jean-Yves Pitoun
Hervé de Luze