Film Notes: Calvary (2014) directed by John Michael McDonagh


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IE-UK /102 minutes / color / Reprisal Films, Octagon Films, Lipsync Productions, Irish Film Board Dir: John Michael McDonagh Pro: Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez-Marengo, James Flynn Scr: written by  John Michael McDonagh Cine: Larry Smith  Mus: Patrick Cassidy Cast: Brendan Gleeson (Father James), Chris O’Dowd (Jack Brennan), Kelly Reilly (Fiona), Aidan Gillen (Dr. Frank Harte), Dylan Moran (Michael Fitzgerald), Isaach de Bankolé (Simon), M. Emmet Walsh (The Writer), Marie-Josée Croze (Teresa), Domhnall Gleeson (Freddie Joyce), David Wilmot (Father Leary), Pat Shortt (Brendan Lynch), Gary Lydon (Inspector Stanton), Killian Scott (Milo Herlihy), Orla O’Rourke (Veronica Brennan), Owen Sharp (Leo), David McSavage (Bishop Garret Montgomery). Release Date 6 March 2015 (Spain).

Synopsis: Calvary’s Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and to help members of his church with their various problems, he feels a foreboding sinister force closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.

As a follow up of my previous blog entry, here, Begoña and I had the opportunity to see Calvary last week. Despite some flaws, primarily because I found that most characters were quite conventional, I enjoyed the film mainly due to the performance of Brendan Gleeson. And therefore I recommend it.

His Turn With the Past John Michael McDonagh Carves His Own Niche With ‘Calvary

Calvary Official Website

Notas de cine: Calvary (2014) dirigida por John Michael McDonagh

Sinopsis: El padre James de Calvary (Brendan Gleeson) es un sacerdote bueno que tiene que hacer frente a circunstancias preocupantes provocadas por un miembro misterioso de su parroquia. A pesar de que continúa consolando a su propia y sensible hija (Kelly Reilly) y ayuda a los miembros de su iglesia con sus diversos problemas, intuye como una fuerza angustiosa y siniestra le asedia, y comienza a preguntarse si tendrá el coraje de enfrentarse a su propio calvario personal.

Como continuación a mi anterior entrada del blog, aquí, Begoña y yo tuvimos la oportunidad de ver Calvary la semana pasada. A pesar de algunos defectos, sobre todo porque he encontrado que la mayoría de los personajes eran bastante convencionales me gustó mucho la película debido principalmente a la interpretación de Brendan Gleeson. Y por tanto la recomiendo.

8 thoughts on “Film Notes: Calvary (2014) directed by John Michael McDonagh

  1. Not the kind of movie I’d ordinarily make a beeline for, but you make it sound as if it’s one I should make time for. Many thanks for the headsup.

  2. Jose Ignacio, I recently watched a DVD of the Guard, which I think involved some of the same people. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, it was very clever and funny. I will be looking out for this one. Brendan Gleeson is a wonderful actor.

  3. I agree with you – ultimately, I think the film is a success, but in wanting to raise more questions that it is prepared to answer I think it also probably over-stuffs the story in terms of characters – I almost wish it had been a TV mini-series so it could focus on the other characters too. None the less, well made, unusual, and absolutely worth a look.

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