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International title Calvary
Section Sección Oficial Largometrajes
Country Reino Unido, Irlanda
Year 2014
Color / B&W Color
Running time 104 min.
Original language Inglés
Director John Michael McDonagh
Screenplay John Michael McDonagh
Film Editing Chris Gill
Photography Larry Smith
Music Patrick Cassidy
Costume Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh
Production Chris Clark, Flora Fernandez Marengo, James Flynn
Production design Mark Geraghty
Cast Brendan Gleeson (cura), Chris O’Dowd (Jack Brennan), Kelly Reilly (Fiona), Aidan Gillen (Dr Frank Harte), Dylan Moran (Fitzgerald), Isaach De Bankole (Simon Asamoah), M. Emmet Walsh (Gerald Ryan)

Reprisal Films

Distribution Company Protagonist Pictures
Synopsis Father James, is a quiet man, just like any good Irishman, who preaches in a small Irish parish, apparently no less quiet than he. But a bad day comes when he hears on confession someone who has decided to turn him into the target of his hate: he has one week to set his affairs in order because he will be murdered on the following Sunday. At the same time he, who joined the church late after his wife’s death, receives the visit of his daughter, who has tried to commit suicide. We discover little by little and together with Father James, that under the peaceful surface of the village and its inhabitants passions and lies hide, showing the most unnerving, absurd and sinister side of human beings. Trapped between fear and his sense of duty, the priest has to take a decision with no turning back. After The Guard (2011), John Michael McDonagh offers us a new mix of dark comedy, psychological drama and thriller, a surprising cocktail of Irish noir and a moral piece, filled with Beckett’s sense of the absurd, Flann O´Brien’s humour and Synge’s religious musings. Everything is dominated by a blue atmosphere, the structure of a crepuscular western and Brendan Gleeson’s huge presence.
Director bio John Michael McDonagh was born in London but has strong links with his Irish roots. His first film, the highly praised The Guard takes place in Galway, where his parents live. At the beginning of his career he tried his hand at writing novels, but he got recognition when he started writing scripts. In 2003 his first script reached the big screen. It was Ned Kelly, an adaptation of a novel by Robert Drewe directed by Gregor Jordan. In 2011 he made his first film as a director The Guard, an overwhelming hit starring Brendan Gleeson who stars again in his second film, Calvary.