R&A 14: Calvary

1 h 40 min  |  Love&Anarchy  |  Release Date: 18.9.2014

Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is not a stereotypical priest who entered the seminary at 18: he found his vocation in middle age, having been married, and now with a grownup daughter, Fiona (Kelly Reilly), who is suffering from depression. James himself is a widower and a recovering alcoholic, and it could be that religion is a way of "white-knuckling" his way past his problems, and past Fiona's, too.

James's life reaches a crisis in the confession box. An unseen voice tells him about the horrific child abuse the speaker suffered and how he now intends to get closure by killing James in seven days' time, despite or because of the fact that James is a genuinely good priest. (...) James feels challenged to resolve this man's agony without naming him to the authorities or the audience.

Calvary is a different proposition from his black comedy The Guard (HIFF 2011), in which Gleeson played a highly unconventional cop. It’s bleaker and dourer - and less anti-clerical - than you might expect.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Language: English / Subtitles: -

    

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