Calvary | Film review – Who wants to kill Brendan Gleeson’s rural Irish priest in this darkly comic drama?

Calvary - Brendan Gleeson, Chris O

Brendan Gleeson’s rural Irish priest is threatened with death by an vengeful parishioner and given a week to sort out his affairs in this darkly comic drama, which sees the star re-teaming with writer-director John Michael McDonagh for a follow-up to 2011’s wickedly funny comedy thriller The Guard. The mood here is far more sombre, as Gleeson’s thoroughly decent cleric reflects on sin and death, mercy and forgiveness, while the days count down. But there is humour, too, especially from the gallery of eccentrics and oddballs who inhabit this wind-whipped Sligo parish – including Dylan Moran’s sickeningly wealthy financier, Chris O’Dowd’s cuckolded butcher and Aiden Gillan’s cynical pathologist. Working out which one of them wants to kill him provides intrigue and suspense.


Certificate 15. Runtime 98 mins. Director John Michael McDonagh.

Released on Blu-ray & DVD by Entertainment One and available on Digital HD & VOD.


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