Calvary 2014

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A good man intent on making the world a better place, Father James (Brendan Gleeson), is continually shocked and saddened by the spiteful and confrontational inhabitants of his small country town. One day his life is threatened during confession.

Starring:
Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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Calvary

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director John Michael McDonagh
Starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd
Supporting actors Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaac De Bankole, M. Emmet Walsh, Maire-Josee Croze, Domhnall Glesson, David Wilmot, Gary Lydon, Killian Scott, Orla O'Rourke, Owen Sharpe, David McSavage, Micheal Og Lane, Mark O'Halloran
Studio Entertainment One
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 April 2014
Format: DVD
Beginning in the confessional - one of the best opening scenes to any film I can remember - with mighty Brendan Gleeson as Father James hearing, in his words, `the most astounding opening line` he`s been privy to as a priest, this bracingly original film then becomes both a kind of thriller and an exploration of a small, enclosed society, a village in rural Ireland in which the Catholic church and its resident priest (not to mention his tactless junior assistant priest) appear to be almost universally despised.
Gleeson is rampantly riveting in the central role, with Dylan Moran note-perfect as a wealthy alcoholic and lord of the manor - the best acting I`ve yet to see from my favourite comedian.
But the revelation is Chris O`Dowd, who seems to be in everything at the moment. He`s brilliant as the volatile local butcher, his scenes both simmering with danger and totally credible.
The way Gleeson`s increasingly isolated priest interacts with the community is very well portrayed, until you feel that virtually the whole town has a literally communal grudge that is never fully explained, merely implied in the increasing tensions between them.
This is an adult, intelligent and witty film that offers no easy answers while asking some uncomforatble questions, mostly about Catholic culpability - yes, the issue of paedophilia raises its head, in a brilliantly conceived scene with a little girl in which the innocent Father James is left looking openly wounded - and the very position of a priest in these troubling times. Gleeson shirks none of the implications of his part, nor does director John Micheal McDonagh (whose previous film was the enjoyable The Guard, also with Gleeson).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Neil Lennon on 22 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
"Calvary" is the second collaboration between director John McDonagh and actor Brendan Gleeson. It concerns a priest in a village on the West Coast of Ireland whose life is threatened in the confessional by someone who claims to have been sexually abused by a priest as a child. Brendan Gleeson's priest is not threatened because he is suspected of similar abuses but specifically because he is a 'good priest'. He is given a week to put his affairs in order, after which he is told he will be killed.

All of this happens in the opening minutes of the film, setting the stage for what is essentially a who-dunnit before the actual crime takes place. You are introduced to numerous quirky, colourful characters who inhabit the village, any of which could have been the anonymous voice from the confessional. As the week goes by its clear the inhabitants of this village are far from good catholics, and there is an obvious moral decay in the community. All of which makes a lot of sense, as the title "Calvary" refers to the place where Christ was crucified, and Brendan Gleeson's priest becomes almost a Christ like figure, taking the blame for the sins of others.

If this sounds rather heavy going it's lightened by John McDonagh's wicked sense of humour and there are a number of scenes that are laugh out loud funny. If you liked the humour in his first film "The Guard" you will find the same style here. Brendan Gleeson is very good, as usual, able to portray the doubts and compassion of his character with equal depth. One criticism I might make though is that several of the other characters are portrayed by well known comic actors and their acting abilities are not quite as convincing in a film like this as opposed to a more light hearted sit com.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 19 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Starting with one of those most shocking opening lines of all time, Calvary tells the story of a catholic priest, who is told that he will be killed a week from the beginning of the story, by an unseen person who was abused as a child.

The rationale? Because he's done nothing wrong, and it would be more shocking.

The first thing you notice, or certainly I did, is how much the film resembles Hardy's shocking horror The Wicker Man, not because its scary or anything like that, it's just that the film has the air of dread that that film carried, and the townsfolk are as bizarre as the residents on Sumerisle.

Plus the main character is highly religious, and on a quest for the unknown, both knowing that they may not like certain things that are unearthed in their quest.

But alongside that, the film is devilishly funny, with some hilarious moments, provided by the great cast.

Gleeson once again proves he is a formidable screen presence, and the inclusion of Gillen, Reilly, and O'Dowd, only compliment the film more.

But the film belongs to Moran, who plays a despicable rich fellow, much the opposite of Lord Sumerisle. Here is a man who spends the entire film gloating about how much he has, and how little it means to him.

And this is much like religion to the other characters. When they see the church on fire, not many pay attention, and those who do, treat it like a bonfire.

And the last scene goes well with this. After all is done, people just carry on with there normal life, as if nothing has happened.

Its a truly haunting film, thanks to the mood, the characterisation, and the humour.

Would make a great companion piece with Twin Peak: Fire Walk With Me.
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