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A can of worms is opened within the Irish Catholic Church following two controversial incidents, the suicide of Frank Sweeney, a parish priest and the expulsion of Daniel McLaughlin, a ... See full summary »

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Jonathan Forbes ...
Daniel McLaughlin
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Annie McLaughlin
Niall O'Brien ...
John McLaughlin
Catherine Cusack ...
Mary McLaughlin
Elaine Symons ...
Marie McLaughlin
Tommy Carey ...
Sean McLaughlin
Paudge Behan ...
Niall McLaughlin
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David Foley
Olivia Caffrey ...
Liz Foley
Anna Rose Fullen ...
Martha Foley
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Father Dowling
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Father Francis
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Rector Cathal
Harry Towb ...
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A can of worms is opened within the Irish Catholic Church following two controversial incidents, the suicide of Frank Sweeney, a parish priest and the expulsion of Daniel McLaughlin, a young trainee priest from a nearby seminary, on the grounds that he was open to the sexual advances of a male colleague. A local journalist, David Foley, is convinced that Sweeney's death and Daniel's expulsion are linked. Desperate to clear his good name and be re-instated, Daniel agrees to talk to Foley. As the story gathers momentum, the Church closes ranks. Written by http://www.beyond.com.au/film/catalogue/film_catalogue/5.html#conspiracy_of_silence

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Sex. Lies. Murder. All In The Name Of God. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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20 January 2006 (Mexico)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,598 (USA) (3 December 2004)

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$2,598 (USA) (3 December 2004)
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First feature film role for Edward MacLiam, who portrays Fitzpatrick. See more »

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Daniel McLaughlin: Ya, I was celibate... from the moment I joined the seminary... until last night.
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Blue Mountain River
Written by Cara Dillon and Sam Lakeman
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd
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Rough Trade, Licensed courtesy of Sanctuary Copyrights Ltd
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Interesting but flawed drama
6 August 2005 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting drama built on some questionable premises: 1. That many priests are HIV positive, and 2. That a good student would be summarily expelled from seminary because he visited another seminarian's room alone in the early evening. Premise #1 seems to me unlikely, especially in the United States, but in Ireland...who knows?

Premise #2 is the situation which sets this drama in motion, but it is almost unbelievable that this seminary would expel a student for possible but unproven sexual misconduct, when the whole culture of the seminary was to keep any such conduct, real or imagined, deeply buried in secrecy.

That said, the problem of clerical celibacy in the Catholic Church is explored and handled well. The actors are all credible and the film moves swiftly toward the final confrontation scene when all the secret sins are exposed. Then the film is suddenly over, leaving many unexplained plot strands dangling and unresolved.

Luckily the DVD contains sub-titles in English. You will need them to understand the swiftly-paced Irish brogue employed by the cast.


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