Calvary (2014) - Plot Summary Poster


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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)
  • Father James is a good priest living in a small town in Ireland. During a confessional, a parishioner declares that after being abused as a kid at the hands of another priest, he is going to kill Father James. In daily visits to all the town members, Father James discovers that there is no shortage of domestic abuse, racism, suicidal tendencies and extreme nihilistic views. A lack of innocence runs deep and a series of criminal acts forces Father James to face his persecutor and the dark consequences from the past of the Catholic Church.

    - Written by Anne Campbell
  • After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

    - Written by IMDb Editors


The film Calvary is a parable of the betrayal of the Irish people by the Irish Catholic Church. Context for the story: The Irish Catholic Church which was a pillar of...

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