Calvary

John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary starts with Irish Catholic priest Father James (Brendan Gleeson) in the confessional. A parishioner tells James that he was raped by a priest when he was a young boy, and that Father James has to put his “house in order” because he’s going to kill Father James in one week. Killing a good priest is going to harm the church much more than if he kills a bad one. Now, Father James knows who the man is, we don’t. During the week, James gets a visit from Fiona, the daughter he had before becoming a priest. James also visits some of his parishioners. They cover a multitude of sins from domestic violence to male prostitution. They have one thing in common: they hate the Catholic church. They all take turns insulting him and laughing at his attempts to save them. Among the cast is Quebec actress Marie-Josée Croze as a grieving widow, and the only person accepting James help. The film feels like an allegorical look at the state of the Catholic church today. As expected, Brendan Gleeson is excellent, as is the rest of cast. Calvary was filmed in beautiful County Sligo, Ireland. I found the film of limited interest. Not bad, but not good enough.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

 

Calvary

 

Directed by: 
John Michael McDonagh
 
Screenplay by: 
John Michael McDonagh
 
Starring: 
Brendan Gleeson
Chris O’Dowd
Kelly Reilly
Aidan Gillen
Dylan Moran
Pat Shortt
Isaach de Bankolé
M. Emmet Walsh
Marie-Josée Croze
 
100 min.
 
Rated 14A
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