Calvary‘s Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral – and often comic – problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.
My Opinion: This is a dark comedy, with an emphasis on dark. Brendan Gleeson gives a brilliant performance as Father James, while the film tackles its weighty subjects with a balance of sensitivity and humor. It’s a heavy film, but it treats the subject matter intelligently.