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Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd

This black comedy from Ireland revolves around a Catholic priest, Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson), who is shocked and saddened by the spiteful ways of the inhabitants of his community and he desperately tries to mend their ways.

Father Lavelle's life is turned upside down when a parishioner comes into the confessional and tells him that he will be murdered in a weeks time. The story then digresses to the priest inter-reacting with the many characters from the town and one, unbeknown to the audience, is the soon-to-be-murderer.

The opening confessional scene is undeniably the most claustrophobic and chilling ever to open a film. It gives the impression that the audience will be in for one hell of an explosive and exciting film, but unfortunately this is not to be.

Aptly described as a 'who’s going to do it' rather than a 'whodunit', this black comedy is so black that it's very hard to notice any comic elements. Momentum is not maintained, as the mundane and dullness filters through. The finale is shocking, but it's too little too late by which time the audience have lost interest.

Irrefutably the performances are excellent and the scenic locations around Ireland are mesmerising but the slowness of the story, especially in the second half, makes it very hard to stay attentive. Lovers of art films will probably enjoy Calvary, but mainstream movie goers will steer right away.
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Calvary (2014)
Reviewed by Roberto Di Donato on
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The opening confessional scene is undeniably the most claustrophobic and chilling...
Rating: 3.0