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Calvary

Director: John Michael McDonagh


Father James Lavelle could be the last good priest in Ireland, a jaded but open-hearted representative of an institution tainted with scandal and waning in influence. His parish in a country town is populated with sceptics and cynics, and when Father James is threatened while hearing confession, there are few people he can turn to for helpful consolation or advice. As the days count down to a seemingly inevitable showdown that the priest struggles to find reason to avoid, he is visited by his depressed daughter, fresh from a suicide attempt, and goes about his business in a community where his presence is less and less welcome. Featuring an exceptional cast of Irish actors, John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson are reunited from The Guard in an irreverent, pitch-black comedy that dares to pose the question: If we get rid of God, what are we left with?

Notes by Michael Hayden.

Awards:
Best Film Award at the 11th Irish Film and Television Awards 2014.
Best Script (Film) at the 11th Irish Film and Television Awards 2014.
Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film at the 11th Irish Film and Television Awards 2014.

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