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Calvary (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.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendan Gleeson ... Father James
Chris O'Dowd ... Jack Brennan
Kelly Reilly ... Fiona Lavelle
Aidan Gillen ... Dr. Frank Harte
Dylan Moran ... Michael Fitzgerald
Isaach De Bankolé ... Simon
M. Emmet Walsh ... The Writer
Marie-Josée Croze ... Teresa
Domhnall Gleeson ... Freddie Joyce
David Wilmot ... Father Leary
Pat Shortt Pat Shortt ... Brendan Lynch
Gary Lydon Gary Lydon ... Inspector Stanton
Killian Scott ... Milo Herlihy
Orla O'Rourke ... Veronica Brennan
Owen Sharpe ... Leo
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

While not named in the film, the elderly American writers name is Ryan according to the screenplay. See more »

Quotes

Father Leary: Jesus Christ! What happened to you?
Father James Lavelle: Brendan Lynch.
Father Leary: Brendan Lynch? He is a Buddhist!
Father James Lavelle: So what if he is a fucking Buddhist? You think Buddhists don't beat people up? You think Buddhists don't fuck their kids like everyone else?
Father Leary: You are obviously very upset.
Father James Lavelle: Tibetians spit on blind people in the street! They are killing albinos in Africa! You are so fucking naive!
Father Leary: Please do not curse at me, Father. I think it would be best to countinue this conversation in the morning, when you are sober.
Father James Lavelle: Why you are a ...
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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 »

Connections

References In Bruges (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Snake Song
Written and Performed by Townes van Zandt
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd.
Licensed Courtesy of The Domino Recording Company Ltd.
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Bleak and disturbing
16 April 2014 | by davidgeeSee 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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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2014 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Calvary See more »

Filming Locations:

Rush, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,149, 3 August 2014

Gross USA:

$3,600,006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,887,741
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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