Directed by John Michael McDonagh, Ireland 2014
101 mins. English dialogue
Darkly comic Irish thriller starring Brendan Gleeson who plays Father James, the local clergyman of a rural Irish parish. During confession one Sunday, an unseen local informs Father James of his plan of killing him as a way of gaining retribution for abuse he suffered as a young boy at the hands of another Catholic priest. Left with only seven days to make his peace, James visits those within his community while trying to track down his potential killer. Through his exchanges with the locals, which include a cuckolded butcher, a wealthy businessman and an atheistic doctor, James realises that the institution to which he has dedicated his life is becoming obsolete, causing him to doubt the validity of his faith ...
What the Critics say:
"A rich character drama that's equally eloquent and despairing, 'Calvary' carries a weary resignation that feels lived-in and deeply considered."  (Tim Grierson - Screen International)