Calvary

Calvary

DVD - 2014
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"After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him"--www.imdb.com.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Distributed in Canada by Entertainment One, c2014.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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BridgettM
Oct 17, 2016

Calvary is incredibly dark and features the issue of abuse by Catholic priests. The writing, acting and cinematography are brilliant. Brendan Gleeson's performance is magnificent. I recommend Calvary for fans of Irish films and dark dramas. With the Irish accents, the dialogue can be difficult to follow at times. The film is rated R for sexual references, language, brief strong violence and some drug use.

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clarencedavis
May 09, 2016

As others point out here, the film is quite dark. But this is also a splendidly made and well acted film. There is a lot of symbolism at play here as well, but no spoilers from me. Watch this movie; it's a film with something to say about redemption, grace, mercy, and retribution.

SFPL_PortolaLib Jan 25, 2016

Brendan Gleeson is a great actor in this film. The rest of the cast does a lovely job as well. This movie is overall dark, but has tender moments, and some comedy.

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Monolith
Oct 12, 2015

A powerful, visceral film about a selfless, decent priest who is persecuted, (...dare I?) no, crucified, for the sins of others. Brendan Gleeson is spot on. FIVE STARS.

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Nursebob
Sep 02, 2015

In its religious context “Calvary” refers to the Crucifixion where an innocent Jesus was sacrificed for the sins of mankind; in a more secular sense it describes any moment of extreme mental or physical anguish. In this devastating drama writer/director John Michael McDonagh manages to unite both definitions to challenge his audience with a monumental quandary both humanist and theological in scope. Relieved somewhat by flashes of very dark yet well placed humour, McDonagh’s rustic Passion play builds upon a succession of revealing episodes in which Father James seems to be the only person actually evolving. The static nature of the characters around him may seem off-putting, even comical, until one realizes them for the biblical archetypes they represent—with the forlorn adulteress and weary rich man rubbing shoulders with the mocking cynic and (in this case) prodigal daughter while Gleeson’s shaggy Christ tries to heal what he can, his own version of Gethsemane played out on an airport tarmac. Filmed with an eye for pastoral charms which belie its sense of impending tragedy, McDonagh uses medieval ruins, stark hillsides, and thundering surf to underline James’ own troubled spirit—the juxtaposition of the solid and eternal with ever-changing seascapes providing a series of poignant metaphors culminating in a sobering montage of people and places. Harrowing and thoroughly engrossing, one of the more spiritual films I’ve seen in some time.

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wiredonjava
Aug 24, 2015

There isn't skin thick enough to be an honest and kind clergyman in Ireland. I just loved Father James and felt bad for all his encounters with the locals who were FUBAR.

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looper46
Aug 03, 2015

A very good low-budget film from Ireland. All the actors are aces and the story is gripping. Will make make some of us RCs uncomfortable, but the facts speak for themselves---There was(and probably still is) sexual abuse in the Church. As I said before, see it for the actors, they gave good performances.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 29, 2015

This is an excellent, small film from Ireland, on the subject of faith, abuse and follow-on trauma, forgiveness and a desire to do right. There are many small, interesting characters in the film, each well acted by the cast. Some may find the film too slow or too dark or depressing. But for serious film fans it is a treat.

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Vivica
Jul 28, 2015

What Psycho wrote this?? Not one person had any redeeming qualities - I mean NOT ONE!! Real life can be horrible enough...so why would you let this fake, dark, crap into your life - take my advice...find something nicer to watch!!

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JEarl
Jul 17, 2015

Dark but well done dark.

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jimg2000
Mar 30, 2015

Freddie: You know they're foreclosing on me?
Father James: Who?
Freddie: Who? The banks, who else?
Father James: Sorry to hear that.
Freddie: How come I never hear your mob preaching about that?
Father James: About what?
Freddie: About all these bankers who have brought this country to its knees? Still driving people out of their homes for not making their payments. Ever hear your mob talk about that? ... I suppose when you have a history of screwing the Jews out of their money, and collaborating with the Nazis. It's like the pot calling the kettle black, eh?

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jimg2000
Mar 30, 2015

Fitzgerald: Let me ask you a question: What do you see when you look at me? I'll tell you what you see. You see a handsome, sophisticated, eminent man in the prime of his life. A colossus, let's say. Who once bestrode the world of high finance...
Father James: Got out in time, did you? Before it all came crashing down.
Fitzgerald: It was the perfect getaway, Father. They say charges are going to be filed against me, for various irregularities. But they're always threatening things like that. They'd have to charge half the financiers in Ireland. And the bankers. And then troop into government and charge those cunts as well.

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jimg2000
Mar 30, 2015

More from IMDb:

Father James: I've always felt there's something inherently psychopathic about joining the army in peacetime. As far as I'm concerned, people join the army to find out what its like to kill someone. I hardly think that's an inclination that should be encouraged in modern society, do you? Jesus Christ didn't think so, either. And the commandment "Thou shalt not kill" does not have an asterisk beside it, referring you to the bottom of the page where you find a list of instances where it's okay to kill people.

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Jack: I think she's bipolar, or lactose intolerant, one of the two.

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May 07, 2015

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