Film Notes: Spotlight (2015) directed by Tom McCarthy


US – CA / 128 min / color /Anonymous Content, First Look Media, Participant Media, Rocklin/Faust Dir: Tom McCarthy Pro: Blye Pagon Faust, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin, and Michael Sugar Scr: Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy Cine: Masanobu Takayanagi Mus: Howard Shore  Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup, Paul Guilfoyle, Jamey Sheridan, Len Cariou, Neal Huff, Michael Cyril Creighton  Summary Plot: A group of Boston Globe reporters uncovers a shocking cover-up that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. Spotlight —which stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James and Stanley Tucci—tells the true story of the Globe’s tenacious ‘Spotlight’ team of reporters who spent a year investigating allegations of abuse within the Catholic Church, ultimately revealing decades of deception at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal and government establishment and touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, Spotlight is a tense investigative drama that tells the true story behind the scandal that shook the world.  Release Date: 3 September 2015 (Venice International Film Festival); 6 November 2015 (United States); 29 January 2016 (Spain) IMDb Rating: 8.2

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‘In Florida virtually everything is public,’ says the real Walter Robinson (Michael Keaton in the movie), implying that Marty Baron was not used to the more private way things were done up north (Variety.com). Baron had the Spotlight team begin an investigation into Father John J. Geoghan, who had been allowed to keep his job after his abuse of young parishioners had been discovered and kept hushed for more than 30 years (Boston.com). It turned out that Father Geoghan was just the tip of the iceberg. (Source: History Hollywood)

Spotlight was shown in the Out of Competition section of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival. It was also shown at the Telluride Film Festival and the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released on November 6, 2015, by Open Road Films. It won numerous guilds and critics’ association awards, and was named one of the finest films of 2015 by various publications. Spotlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture along with Best Original Screenplay, from six nominations in total. (Source: Wikipedia)

Very much in the ‘All the President’s Men’/ ‘Zodiac’ mold of slow-building, quietly gripping journalistic procedurals, this measured and meticulous ensemble drama sifts through a daunting pile of evidence to expose not just the Church’s horrific cycles of abuse and concealment, but also its uniquely privileged position in a society that failed its victims at myriad personal, spiritual and institutional levels. The result may be more sobering and scrupulous than it is cathartic or revelatory, but with its strong narrative drive and fine cast, Spotlight should receive more than a fair hearing with smarthouse audiences worldwide. (Source: Variety Film Review)

Begoña and I have had the opportunity to watch Spotlight recently , a film that, without doubt,  provides some food for thought. In my view, it’s worth seeing.

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The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

Film Review The Hollywood Reporter

6 thoughts on “Film Notes: Spotlight (2015) directed by Tom McCarthy

  1. Watched this several weeks ago. The part that got me was finding out who buried the story when it was first sent to them and that person who did it (actually was kind of suspenseful) was a surprise. Great movie/insight on a terrible subject.

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