Brendan Gleeson stares in the bleak, but at times very funny, Calvary (2014). He portrays a priest, Father James, in a remote Irish village who has to cope with a depressive, suicidal daughter and a vendetta against him from someone in the local community. 257 more words
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I found Calvary to be an incredibly well done film! Boasting an award winning performance by Brendan Gleeson (Best Lead Actor: Boston Online Film Critics Association, British Independent Film Awards and Irish Film and Television Awards) and award worthy performances by the supporting cast; it was a riveting story, with just enough humour to soften the darkness of it, and just enough darkness to elevate the drama of it. 694 more words
People join monastic orders for many reasons, but in art a major reason appears to be the desire for solitude. In “Calvary,” writer-director John Michael McDonagh picks the Catholic priesthood as a staging ground for a kind of passion play in miniature–the examination of one man, Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson), as he treads the strange, solitary boards of priesthood. 1,151 more words
Calvary (also Golgotha) was, according to the Gospels, a site immediately outside Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus was crucified.
This film is beautifully acted, with an unforgettable performance by Brendan Gleeson, and thematically rich, exploring guilt, revenge, morality, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, fear of death, and the nature of faith.726 more words