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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Father James Lavelle:
I've always felt there's something inherently psychopathic about joining the army in peace time, as far as I'm concerned people join the army to find out what its like to kill someone. I hardly think that's an inclination that should be encouraged in modern society, do you?
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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 »
brilliant dialogs, impressive atmosphere, high acting. a film who remembers, at different level, the country priest by Bernanos. in Irish frame, with a not so vulnerable priest, at first sigh.a film about sin, ordinary sin. and the fight against it like a Don Quixote battle. in fact, only an admirable portrait of a community. some drops from Dogvile, some references to Church crisis, bitter crumbs of humor and large circles of sadness. a film about sin. a really good one . and a great occasion for Brendan Gleeson to do a remarkable character. more than a religious movie, it is a reflection about life sense. in a precise, delicate, direct and touching manner. the images, the dialogs, the tension does it an useful demonstration about weakness and hope, about faith and need to help the other.
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