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Shown: January 11, 2016 at 6pm

Director : John Michael McDonagh

Country : Ireland

Release Date : 2014

Duration : 101 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

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 …

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)