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Carolyn Marie

Review: "Calvary"

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The movie stars actor Brendan Gleeson as Father Lavelle, an Irish Catholic priest in a small seaside Irish village. The film opens with him hearing the confession of a man who says he was a victim of priest sexual abuse as a child. The confessor tells Lavelle that he will kill him in one week's time, not because Lavelle is an abuser, but because he is an "innocent."

During the next week, Father Lavelle has encounters with various townfolk, most of whom leave much to be desired as human beings. You are left wondering who the suspect is, because we are told that Lavelle knows.

It is a gripping, moving, soul churning story, with wonderful character actors and great suspense. Gleeson's acting is awe inspiring, because it is so understated in its power and thoughtfulness. The script is first rate, and the lovely Irish landscape is used to great effect. I hope that Gleeson gets some award nominations, because they are genuinely deserved for this role.

Trigger warnings: There is a transphobic slur used (in a scene where it makes sense and isn't just thrown in for effect), and it has several incidences of violence and bad language. It also shows a Catholic priest who drinks and swears, which could be off putting for some. Lastly, there are frequent references to suicide.

An enthusiastic Thumbs Up! :thumbsup:

Carolyn Marie

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