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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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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3.9 out of 5 stars

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By James Argles on 8 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is simply one of the most important films about faith, doubt, humanity, inhumanity, the strengths and weaknesses of religion and the myriad vagaries of humanity that I've ever seen.

The balance of intense drama, raven-black comedy and wrenching pathos is as perfectly achieved as one could wish. Aristotle defined tragedy as a mixture of pity and fear - in that sense, this film plays out a particularly human tragedy.

The supporting cast - with special mention to Aidan Gillen - is brilliant. The uncredited "character" of the Irish land- and sea-scape plays a powerful part too.

Cinematography and script and score? Gripping on all counts.

Gleeson? No point hoping for an Oscar, they don't award them for performances this good. It's impossible to describe the subtlety and range of what he does... Every nuance captured but not overdone, every shade of emotion employed which finds a hotline into the priest's inner being. This is surely one of THE great film roles.

A stone-cold shocker of an ending, which left me reeling, grieving, and in a state of pre-cathartic turmoil. And I don't even believe in God.

That's the long version. The short version is:

If you love film, watch this film.
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37 of 40 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
"Calvary, also Golgotha /ˈɡɒlɡəθə/, was, according to the Gospels, a site immediately outside Jerusalem's walls where Jesus was crucified." Wiki

'Calvary' is a film that might require a great deal of discussion to fully understand the significance of the storyline. It is magnificent it its simplicity and its complexity. The film takes place in County Sligo in rural Ireland. The first scene of this film gives us one of the most dramatic moments in the film. Father James, played superbly by Brendan Gleeson, is hearing confession, and what he hears changes his life. He is given seven days to tie up loose ends, because as the confessor states, 'I am going to kill an innocent man, and that man is you.'

In the next seven days we meet a variety of people that have an impact on Father James. The first of which is his daughter, Fiona, played by Kelly Reilly, who arrives home from London after an attempted suicide. Father James was married long ago, and he and his wife had a child, Fiona. After his wife died, Father James answered his call to the Church. As the days proceed, we learn that many in this small hamlet have lost their Faith. Father James encounters these locals without faith, a barkeeper, a physician, a lonely young man looking for love, a depressed wealthy man whose wife and children have left, a butcher, his philandering wife, a mechanic, a constable, and an old man writing his life's epic. Are any of these people the confessor? What we have is a Believer, Father James, seemingly mocked by the Unbelievers.

A brutal, magnificent film, led by the superb performance of Brendan Gleeson. I shall not soon forget this film.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 01-02-15
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72 of 80 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 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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