After being told he will be murdered in one week's time Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) finds himself with seven days to determine his would be killer and put his affairs in order.from£3.49 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Darkly comic Irish thriller starring Brendan Gleeson Gleeson plays Father James who is 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 retrobution 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 (Chris O&39;Dowd) a wealthy businessman (Dylan Moran) and an atheistic doctor (Aidan Gillen) James realises that the institution to which he has dedicated his life is becoming obsolete causing him to doubt the validity of his faith
Darkly comic Irish thriller starring Brendan Gleeson. Gleeson plays Father James, who is 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 retrobution 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 (Chris O'Dowd), a wealthy businessman (Dylan Moran) and an atheistic doctor (Aidan Gillen), James realises that the institution to which he has dedicated his life is becoming obsolete, causing him to doubt the validity of his faith...
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Calvary Jordan Robson
Calvary is a comedy. You might have to keep telling yourself that while you watch it though, because it goes to some of the darkest places that I've ever seen a comedy go.
Calvary is a comedy, but it deals with subject matter that includes the paedophile scandal in the Catholic church, the effects of domestic violence, and the link between the irresponsibility and immorality of bankers and the recent global financial crash. It might not sound like fertile territory for laughs, but director John Michael McDonagh crafts a story that manages to wring black humour out of these subjects without ever compromising on treating them with the seriousness they deserve. His lead, Brendon Gleeson, turns in an utterly magnetic performance as a Catholic priest - Father James - who is an upstanding and morally sound member of his community, but who is told by a mystery parishoner during confession that he will be murdered in a week's time, as an act of revenge for historical abuse carried out by other unrelated priests. As Father James continues to do his rounds for what could be the last time, we start to learn more about the personal lives of his flock, and how each of them has a dark side that could provide them with the motivation to become his future killer.
Calvary is a comedy, and it features a host of great Irish comedy talent. Most notably, Chris O'Dowd (famous from the IT Crowd, but also with plenty of film experience under his belt) and Dylan Moran (of Black Books fame) play important roles that are not just comedic, but also allow them to show off their acting chops. Moran's character - a wealthy and callous banker - is just about as unsympathetic as it gets, but somehow the actor imbues him with a sense of tragedy and emptiness that leads you to somehow end up caring about him in spite of his obvious flaws. And the loveable O'Dowd plays completely against type as a butcher with violent tendencies and a failing marriage, but who may not be all that he seems.
Calvary is a comedy, but it can also boast its fair share of standout dramatic turns too. In particular, Aidan Gillen - who will be familiar to Game Of Thrones fans as Littlefinger from that series - gets a bravura scene as a cynical doctor who shares the horrific story of a young blind, deaf and mute patient, which ends up acting as a metaphor for the feelings of victims of abuse within the Catholic church. Meanwhile, Kelly Reilly carries much of the emotional weight of the story as the daughter of Father James, acting as a link to his past that underpins some of the most touching and personal parts of the story - much of it dealing with death and loss.
Yes, Calvary is a comedy, but one with an incredibly black and serious heart. For me, though, that only serves to make its moments of levity feel that much more effective and well-earned. What's more, it allows McDonagh to make a film that has genuine emotional heft to it, and which truly has something to say. And that makes Calvary a rarity in the comedy genre: a film that can make you think as much as it makes you laugh.
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