Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father James is a good man intent on making the world a better place. When his life is threatened one day during confession, he finds he has to battle the dark forces closing in around him.
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An incredible script set in small town Ireland that becomes an universal story examining faith, forgiveness, contrition and battling demons in a modern world where God has become a less tangible commodity. Gleeson is perfectly cast as a priest whose backwater seaside town seems to have become a potpourri of sin. Aptly named and to say more would be a sin. Casting is dynamite with Kelly Reilly best in show.
up there with Winter Light and Diary of a County Priest on dealing with faith and a priests own struggles with his own faith. Brendan Gleeson gives one of the best performances of the year and maybe of his career!
A carefully executed film of noteworthy brilliance and saddening contemplation. Gleeson is magnificent as the gruff clergyman forced to decide between saving his hide and sacrificing himself for the sins of others. The humour is dry and black, the cinematography is stark, and the performances (though cartoon-ish at times) are good. A complex dilemma for good, faithful people - not for the cynical.
Brendan Gleeson made this priest a very wise, friendly, confident and yet vulnerable person. The supporting cast was also good - specially Kelly Reilly, as her beautiful, somewhat damaged, daughter, Fiona. The landscapes of the coast of Ireland add up to a very nice cinematography - that Virgin Mary statue burning in flames is one memorable shot. Smart approach to religion and communities nowadays.
What a beautiful, poignant, witty, funny and anger satire on the place of modern Irish society. The outright gags of The Guard are gone already, with the humour more nuanced and witty than the previous film. The performances are majestic, especially Gleeson but there is nothing left to expect from him. The film really goes for Irish Society, and writing as an Irish person really nails the sense of loss of innocence.
Hugely disappointing; an interesting premise, beautiful Irish setting, and strong central performance, but the writing for the secondary characters is appallingly sloppy. Bergman's "Winter Light" made with a care for character development of an episode of "Midsomer Murders". 1.5*
Superb writing and a weighty performance from Brendan Gleeson keep Calvary interesting in this story of faith and conviction. Some of the supports feel ill-placed and even superfluous such as the gigilo and the final montage of supports also sat at odds with the tone of what is quite a powerful film. 3.5 stars