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)
Owen Sharpe's character Leo says, "Whadda hear, Whadda say." This is a reference to James Cageny's character in the film Angels With Dirty Faces (1938). 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 »
Brilliant Film - mixture of hilarious lines in a very dark story
Watched this at Sundance Festival. Brilliant film. Some of the dialog is a bit lost on US audience but still some hilarious lines. This is much darker than The Guard and In Bruges (I know it's a different writer/director) but very similar humor. But this has some very powerful scenes (particularly the one with the lady who loses her husband). It also tackles some serious questions on the church and priesthood after the scandals around the world; really makes you think about the plight of decent priests. Gleeson pulls off the part of innocent priest paying for the sins of others excellently.
The music is amazing throughout. Also the scenery is incredible - made me miss home!
Excellent performances by Pat Short and Dylan Moran. Brendan Gleeson is just Brendan Gleeson, my favorite Irish actor (after Daniel Day Lewis of course)
This is well worth seeing. If your a fan of the McDonaghs stuff you'll love this. And what a great ending!
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