This is a post by JBFC Membership and Website Assistant Nicole Testa
Calvary’s Father James is having one hell of a week. We meet him at the very beginnings of a murder mystery – his own murder mystery, to be exact. The film opens in a confessional, where an anonymous confessor proclaims that he plans to kill Father James – played by Brendan Gleeson – in one week’s time, seeking revenge on the now-deceased priest who abused him as a child. “Killing a priest on a Sunday, that’ll be a good one,” he says.
For the rest of Calvary, a dark, reflective comedy directed by John Michael McDonagh, we follow Father James through the rest of his week, going about his business with the possibility of imminent death hanging over him. This includes meeting the extensive cast of vivid, absurd characters who comprise his “flock” – from Jack the violent butcher, to Simon the disillusioned mechanic (who also happens to be sleeping with Jack’s wife), to Father James’ daughter Fiona, who’s just tried to kill herself. We watch as Father James makes his way through what may be his final week, interacting with these people, counting down the hours, and struggling with his own divided feelings as he walks the road that has been placed in front of him. Will it lead to death, redemption, salvation, or something entirely different? You’ll just have to watch and find out.
Calvary opens Friday, August 15 at the Burns. Tickets are available now.