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After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
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Leo
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Father James is a small-town priest in Ireland whose Sunday confessionals suddenly include a threat to kill him in a week's time as a matter of principle. Deeply troubled and conflicted about how to respond, Father James tries to go on with his calling through that week. However, that proves impossible as he is confronted with a troubling variety of spiritual challenges from both his estranged daughter and his own parishioners. In those dispiriting struggles, Father James' life begins to fall apart as time runs out towards a confrontation that seems to crystallize his values and what he wants his life to be. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Killing a priest on a Sunday. That'll be a good one.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexual references, language, brief strong violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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11 April 2014 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Calvario  »

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Box Office

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$74,149 (USA) (1 August 2014)

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$3,593,460 (USA) (10 October 2014)
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Partly filmed in Rush Co. Dublin, train station, harbour bar and carlyann pub. See more »

Quotes

Father James Lavelle: He was a good man, your husband?
Teresa: Yes. He was a good man. We had a very good life together. We loved each other very much. And now... he has gone. And that is not unfair. That is just what happened. But many people don't live good lives. They don't feel love. That is why it's unfair. I feel sorry for them.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are inter-cut with empty shots of every main location that Father James Lavelle and his daughter Fiona had a significant conversation in. See more »

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Referenced in Film 2016: Episode dated 11 February 2014 (2014) See more »

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Hong Kong Blues
Written and Performed by Hoagy Carmichael
Published by Songs of Peer Ltd.
Courtesy of Pavilion Records Limited
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Brilliant Film - mixture of hilarious lines in a very dark story
25 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watched this at Sundance Festival. Brilliant film. Some of the dialog is a bit lost on US audience but still some hilarious lines. This is much darker than The Guard and In Bruges (I know it's a different writer/director) but very similar humor. But this has some very powerful scenes (particularly the one with the lady who loses her husband). It also tackles some serious questions on the church and priesthood after the scandals around the world; really makes you think about the plight of decent priests. Gleeson pulls off the part of innocent priest paying for the sins of others excellently.

The music is amazing throughout. Also the scenery is incredible - made me miss home!

Excellent performances by Pat Short and Dylan Moran. Brendan Gleeson is just Brendan Gleeson, my favorite Irish actor (after Daniel Day Lewis of course)

This is well worth seeing. If your a fan of the McDonaghs stuff you'll love this. And what a great ending!


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