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Calvary

Directed by John Michael McDonagh

Ireland, 2013

Cornerhouse, 13 April 2014

Calvary

A comedy, so-called, with a black, black heart.

To be honest, I’m not sure why this film (and certain others of its ilk) is called a comedy.  Most likely because there is a strong element of caricature to the characters, the people in it.  Here they are for the most part evanescent distortions, grotesqueries.  This does not, however, make for a jovial film – curious, that.

The story is that in confessional one Saturday a priest is given seven days to live.  It seems that Ireland is not as enamoured with the Catholic Church as it once was.

Aidan Gillen, an incredible actor of course, delivers another spellbinding performance here – he plays a kind of Ivan Karamazov figure, if anything just a wee shade darker.

A worthwhile watch.

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