From the Archives: Calvary (2014)

With apologies for a slight cheat, but some family commitments have got in the way of this week’s planned post, so instead, here is one from the archives – Calvary (2014).

  • Director – John Michael McDonagh 
  • Starring – Bredan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Domhnall Gleeson
  • Writer – John Michael McDonagh
  • Year – 2014
  • Running Time – 101 Minutes

Calvary-Gleeson

Right from the very first line of Calvary it is abundantly clear the direction that writer/director John Michael McDonagh (The Guard) is heading. With him, we travel on a short, but eventual trip, to spend eight dark and bleak, though at times hilarious, days in Sligo, a small town in Ireland.

Here we are introduced to Father James Levelle (Brenden Gleeson), the local troubled-priest, who whilst holding confession, hears the chilling news that his confessor plans to kill him the following Sunday, therefore giving him eight days to get his house in order. Whilst this could have been the premise for the latest Taken film, instead what we get is a note-perfect, darkly black and emotive character drama, focusing on the inner workings of a small town Irish community. (more…)