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 (email@example.com)
John Michael McDonagh's intention with the film, following the scandal of child abuse in the Irish Catholic Church, was to tell a story of a good priest. See more »
Father James Lavelle:
Leave home. Go somewhere where your chances of meeting available young women with loose morals are increased proportionately.
Sligo town, d'you mean?
Father James Lavelle:
No, I was thinking more: Dublin, London, New York.
New York? I'd only end up getting the AIDS, knowing my luck. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me, Father. I can't say it's been of much help, but it's good to get these things out in the open, I suppose.
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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 »
New World in the Morning
Written and Performed by Roger Whittaker
Published by Croma Music (ASCAP) & Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd
Under License from Universal Music Operations Ltd See more »
Never wanted to see a movie again, minutes after I watched it!
My expectations for this movie were medium, I saw the cast had a lot of great comedians, so I thought there would at least be a few laughs. Instead, I was surprised to see a very powerful and touching movie, absolutely great script, never a doll moment, funny comebacks, terrifyingly creepy monologues and Brendan Gleeson. Hats off to this wonderful, talented actor! I was completely sold on his interpretation of an intellectual, yet devoted priest. And also, I found it very refreshing that the character was written as sincerely religious but not bigoted. I strongly recommend you go see this movie and I can't wait to see it again!
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