Independent & World Films at the Library

NOTE: Showings CANCELLED on Thursday, September 24.
This film will be shown at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Calvary (Ireland)

Brendan Gleeson delivers a sensational performance in this darkly comic tale of murder and morality from acclaimed writer-director John Michael McDonagh. Father James is a good priest who feels sinister forces closing in after being threatened by a mysterious parishioner. A mordant sense of duality that eventually takes on near-apocalyptic dimensions runs through this very darkly comic tale, telling a week in the life of Father James. Sunday kicks off pretty horribly. A man ostensibly offering Father James his confession explicitly describes his sexual abuse at the hands of a priest years earlier, and outlines his plan for revenge: he intends to kill a “good priest” in exactly a week. He means for that priest to be Father James, and invites him to a beach spot to meet his doom. This disturbs James, as well it might. But he does not go to the authorities. Instead, he tends to his flock, such as it is. And a more perverse bunch would be hard to find anywhere else than in a provincial, lonely Irish village. As he continues to comfort the troubled members of his community – including his own fragile daughter – Father James begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary. This is the kind of movie that can be disconcerting but is terrific fodder for conversation long after its credits roll. 

FYI: Be advised that the Blu-ray is the only version currently available.  We cannot provide a standard version for check-out.

Run time: 102 minutes

The Independent and World Films Series runs most 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, with showings at 2:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor Gainey Room. The focus for our series is foreign or world films, as well as independent films that are not widely distributed in the U.S.

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See you at the movies!  MG

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