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on 21 September 2014
I've just watched this film with a room full of people. When the credits started at the end, no-one spoke. Then we started talking and half an hour was gone, probably much more.

This is a really good film, so thoughtful and provocative, but hampered by the fact that most of the incidental characters are drawn like sitcom tropes.

If you have any interest in theology or religion this film will blow your mind. If you have none, I'm guessing it might be a bit heavy, both in its darkness and its thoughtfulness.

The film deals with so much it's impossible to outline the many themes, but the central question is whether/when forgiveness is an appropriate response to child abuse.
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on 6 February 2015
Grittier than "The Guard" and for many in the Catholic Church it should make for difficult viewing. A very difficult story, well told and hopefully (even in a far-from 'perfect world') make for much real-life changes around the world.
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on 6 April 2017
Brilliant film if you like the dark humour of Brendan Gleeson.
Delivered promptly. Excellent value.
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on 17 April 2017
Great acting, great cinematography. Black humour in a cathartic story.
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on 28 May 2017
A lot darker than expected, but a damned good film, received as advertised. 10 out of 10.
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on 20 July 2017
Brilliant. Keep watching it again and again to see if the end will change!
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on 15 May 2017
Great central performance as usual by Gleeson I enjoyed the film but it doesn't hang together that well as a whole.
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on 5 May 2015
This is described as a black comedy - unfortunately the comedy is pretty thin on the ground, despite the credentials of the cast. It is extremely bleak and gets worse as the film progresses. It was difficult to assign a star rating as the acting is good and there are some powerful moments, but honestly it is pretty relentlessly miserable, no jolly redemption here. Given that it deals with loss, domestic violence, paedophilia, murder and grief perhaps expecting humour as a relief was unrealistic, but it is what it says on the tin.
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Brendon Gleeson’s performance as a Catholic priest dominates this ambitious, complex and challenging film which explores the nature of faith, forgiveness and sacrifice. The screenplay and acting have an understated power as these themes are addressed within a mundane setting of a priest tending his small village flock, many of whom are mired in misery and malice and can barely contain their disrespect for this man of the cloth as their entrenched rage and resentment come to the fore in deeply comedic and caustically bleak conversations. This makes it extremely difficult for us to spot the unseen parishioner who calmly informed the priest in the film’s initial scene in the confessional that he would kill him in a week’s time as an act of revenge against the Church for years of childhood abuse. Gleeson’s avuncular and soulful performance is magnificent as his stoicism empathetically and effectively presents us with a compassionate and bemused man fatalistically facing up to his own mortality, reflecting on his past aberrant behaviours and accepting that his present quest for atonement will soon be at an end. Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen and Dylan Moran are amongst those who provide excellent support as troubled needy characters, lost and desperately searching for answers and exhibiting a reckless contempt for one another. Despite being riddled with a ‘Father Ted’ type humour this film is definitely not a black comedy in the vein of the director’s previous movie The Guard, and those anticipating a reprise of its Irish quirkiness will be disappointed. Make no bones about it, this is an unsettling brutal dissection of a community bereft of hope where sadness and despair reign and anticipating a time when “mere anarchy is loosed upon the world”. This is an intensely thought-provoking film which merits more than one viewing to fully appreciate its quality.
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on 12 May 2016
Worth the watching though ... still not convinced by it, somehow.
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