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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Element
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B005W76NBG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,646 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Inspired by true events, Conspiracy of Silence, tells the story of a young trainee priest torn between the love for his girlfriend and his vocation to the Catholic Church. The film highlights the Church s present-day dilemma on its ban on sex and enforced celibacy. With a superb ensemble cast Conspiracy of Silence is a provocative, timely and highly-controversial drama set in modern-day Ireland. The film also includes a cameo from the legendary Irish chat show host, Gay Byrne, as himself.

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This is yet another film about the tensions and hypocrisy regarding the interlinked issues of celibacy and homosexuality among Roman Catholic Church clergy, as much within the higher ranks of the clergy (bishops and cardinals) as among priests. Apparently the movie is based upon real events, but the kind of interlocking scandals that the film depicts have become ever more so common that one wonders just which scandal, of so many, inspired this film! Well, it was, obviously, one that took place in Ireland, the setting of the film; that nation (rather later than most in Europe and the Americas) has joined the ranks of Catholic countries whose populations have been setting themselves adrift in recent decades from the Roman Church over the likes of such issues and scandals.

Here, an honest seminarian suffers from seminary staff's and administrators' harsh legalism and unjustly lewd accusations. As well, a bishop's hypocrisy, impacts directly two priests in the plot and blows "the Church" open to public scandal. Blah-blah-blah, but the film is a fine one, for the most part, and rather gripping. The chief criticism is that the action stops so abruptly after the sudden and dramatic revelation, on the the broadcast media, of the bishop's probable turpitude and dishonesty which have resulted in so much harm to others. The viewer cannot help, with frustration, but to wonder what the immediate consequence of all of that would be, especially for the seminarian and for the journalist, not to mention for the roguish bishop. (For more detailed accounts of the film's plot, the reviews, though few in number, on Amazon-U.S. are helpful in recounting it, as Wikipedia's article about the film also is useful.
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