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Calvary (2014)

 -  Drama  -  11 April 2014 (Ireland)
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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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After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

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

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

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$3,342,920 (USA) (12 September 2014)
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The painting on which Michale Fitzgerald (Dylan Moran) urinates is a copy of The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein, which is on display at the National Gallery in London. It is notable for the skull at bottom centre which is rendered in anamorphic perspective. Although distorted when viewed from the front, when approached from the side it morphs into an accurate depiction of a human skull. See more »

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The Writer: You know how you can tell when you're really getting old?
Father James Lavelle: How?
The Writer: No-one ever says the word 'death' around you any more.
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Referenced in Film 2014: 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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Bleak and disturbing
16 April 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A timely title for Holy Week. Father James (Brendan Gleeson), a village priest in a coastal village in Ireland, is told in the confessional that one of his parishioners is going to kill him. The man was abused by a priest for five years as a child; that priest has died, but killing the innocent Father James will be revenge for the other priests's abuse of an innocent boy.

A challenging set-up for a movie, especially one which sells itself as a comedy - albeit a very dark comedy. With Father James we meet most of the locals, a sinful lot for such a small village. The butcher who beats his two-timing wife; the aggressive local publican; the cynical doctor; the alcoholic landowner; the police inspector with a taste for rent-boys; an ancient exiled American writer (M. Emmet Walsh).

Having been married (and widowed) before he answered the Call, Father James has an unhappy daughter (Kelly Reilly) down from the big city, her wrists bandaged from a suicide attempt. A week after the woeful NOAH, I half expected a Flood to overwhelm the village, full as it was of folk sliding into wickedness. The central mystery of which of them has threatened the priest is a bit of a cheat, since surely he would have recognised the voice in the confessional.

The dark mountains and pounding seas which sandwich the village are as atmospherically filmed as they were in David Lean's RYAN'S DAUGHTER, and a fine score boosts the film's seesaw moves between comedy and tragedy. The script is clumsy in parts, but the actors carry us over the bumps. Brendan Gleeson is on splendid form (I wish he'd played Noah last week!) and the rest of the cast turn in believable performances. There is no comedy in the bleak finale. This is a dark and disturbing low-budget movie which, like PHILOMENA, will linger in the mind long after multi-million-dollar blockbusters have faded into a CGI haze.


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