It’s one thing to get a fun, dark, comedic drama produced and released, but it’s quite another to throw a second party and get everyone to show up. Calvary is writer/director Michael McDonagh’s follow-up to The Guard, and not only brings back Brendan Gleeson to star, but is something of a Who’s Who of Irish actors.
The trailer gives us the general setup, and it looks like a goldmine, especially with Gleeson right in the thick of it. A priest is threatened during confession, and told that he’s going to be killed in a week. Now he has to figure out what’s going on, and he has a bit of a mind to “put his affairs in order,” just in case some resident of the sleepy, Irish landscape is actually the sort that could make good on the threat.
With Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Dylan Moran, Domhnall Gleeson, and more providing support, this could be the sleeper hit of the year. Keep your eyes out for more on this one.
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A FILM BY JOHN MICHAEL MCDONAGH
AIDAN GILLEN AND DYLAN MORAN
Calvary is a blackly comedic drama about a priest tormented by his community. Father James is a good man intent on making the world a better place. When his life is threatened one day during confession, he finds he has to battle the dark forces closing in around him.