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emperor ([personal profile] emperor) wrote2017-05-18 10:12 pm

Calvary

I'm rubbish at films. I read a review or see a trailer or somesuch, and think "Oh, I should go to see that". But then somehow I never quite get round to it, and then the film's no longer on. One such film was Calvary, which I imagine I saw reviewed in the Church Times or similar. This evening, idly browsing iplayer, I saw it was available (for another 11 days at the time of writing), so thought I'd watch it.

It's a very good film, but deals with a number of difficult themes (clerical abuse, guilt, suicide, sin, forgiveness). The main character, Father James, is a priest as real person rather than the stereotypes that priests in fiction often are, and that makes him believable as well as sympathetic. He's trying to live out his vocation and make sense of it in difficult circumstances. It's a very witty film, as well, quite sharply observed in places, with a number of lines that feel like they're commenting on the film itself.

90 minutes feels quite short for a film these days, and you might find yourself wishing there was more of this film. Well worth your time, but not easy watching.
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[personal profile] vyvyanx 2017-05-18 10:22 pm (UTC)(link)
I saw that film a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it - or rather, I thought it was very sad, but very good.
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[personal profile] wpadmirer 2017-05-18 10:43 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't think I could watch that. It sounds like it's probably marvelously acted and full of interesting questions, but I think it would be too hard for me to see.
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[personal profile] jack 2017-05-19 08:37 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, went through about the same "that sounds interesting, but I'll never get round to it, and also difficult". I found it was quite good, but I didn't talk about it much.