Thursday, 17 July 2014
A priest in a rural seaside part of Ireland is hearing confession. The congregant says he was abused by a now deceased priest from the age of seven. The congregant promises to take revenge in a week's time by killing the priest who is hearing the confession. The rationale for this threat is that the murder of an innocent and well loved priest will make a greater impact than revenge taken against a guilty man.
This is the shocking commencement of 'Calvary', a film which, perhaps the title gives away, struck me as a modern reconstruction of what Hollywood might once have called 'the Jesus story'.
This Irish film is brilliantly acted and its brutal conclusion left me stunned.