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After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

Starring:
Kelly Reilly, Dylan Moran
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DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Kelly Reilly, Dylan Moran, Brendan Gleeson, Aidan Gillen, Chris O'Dowd
Director John Michael McDonagh
Genres Drama
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 11 August 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Kelly Reilly, Dylan Moran, Brendan Gleeson, Aidan Gillen, Chris O'Dowd
Director John Michael McDonagh
Genres Drama
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 11 August 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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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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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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By KaleHawkwood 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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I purchased this knowing nothing about it that wasn't in the trailer , check it out on youtube, . O.K its not Father Ted but i did find it funny , its his weird flock that gets you interested , all the small parts but played by good actors , so you don't get that ''hmmm i wonder who it is ? but Brad Pit's one of them '' giving the game away , i hate that. Im gonna save time here by saying that all the performances are very natural and not over acted , but i will give extra mention too Kelly Reilly ,who's a red haired goddess, worth the price ,for her alone for me, oddly her part has nothing to do with the plot but more about the background of Gleesons character , ether way she's stunningly beautiful.
Why should you bother with this ? We get to spend a week with these strangely funny characters with time running out, We get to see a non cliché view of Ireland ,no people bursting into song and dance with some very odd accents ,just a small European town that happens to be in Ireland with the church losing its place of importance in peoples lives. Its not comedy a for 13 year olds, unlike most other comedies , its does have a lot of people that arn't happy with their lives and want guidance of what they should do .
Hope you enjoy it ,but is not for everyone.
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