Calvary Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Calvary

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence, sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Sign of the crossed.

  • Starring:

    Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wilmot

  • Directed by:

    John Michael McDonagh

  • Running time:

    100 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, beaten (implied), threatened, hit with objects, throat-grabbed, thrown against objects. References to suicide (wrist-cutting, jumping, shooting). Butchering, hanging animal carcasses, pig's head seen. An animal is murdered. Burning church, smashed bar, property damage, broken glass, objects shot. Rape, sexual abuse discussed. Dead teenagers, missing/murdered women, killing, clubbing, the Mafia, murders (newspaper headline), Bloody Sunday, Al Qaeda, Nazis, fraud charges, cannibalism, hanging mentioned. War footage (military vehicles) seen. Blood/gore: Blood spray, bloody wounds, blood on clothing. Corpses (animal, human). Bruising, bloody face, bloody hands, cuts. Bandages, hospital bed, breathing tubes, coffin.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Repeated rape, sexual abuse discussed. Abused girl mentioned. Sexual acts, pornography mentioned. Infidelity. Shirtless men. Nude man (side profile), pubic hair. Swimwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    People snort cocaine, people share a joint. Alcohol (wine, beer, spirits, shots), intoxication. Pub setting. Underage drinking, drink driving mentioned. Smoking. LSD, crystal meth mentioned. A man takes prescription pills.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-word, f-words, s-words, a-words, bastard. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Derogatory terms for homosexuals, women, immigrants, non-whites. Heavy religious references, religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Paedophilia, revenge, confession, Catholicism, religion, Ireland, writing, painting, father-daughter relationships, suicide, community, infidelity, morality, wealth, possession, the last rites, faith, forgiveness, doubt.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Murdered father, deceased husband. Deceased wife/mother, estranged wife/family, deceased father, business foreclosure mentioned. Church, hospital, airport, prison, pub settings. Dog, horses, robin, sheep, fishing, flocks of birds. Toilet, urination. Plane, full moon, coffin.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Masterful, literate, sincere, accomplished, caustic, contemplative, gripping, moving, troubling, funny, uncompromising, troubling, serious, hopeful, fatalistic, inspired, inventive, acerbic, puckish, playful, mercurial, clever, rich, ripe, delicious. Beautifully crafted, sharp writing, compelling acting, technically immaculate, exquisite cinematography, elegiac score, soulful performance from Brendan Gleeson.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Disjointed, uncertain. Generic plot devices, contrived sentiment, oversized cast, killer's voice is instantly recognisable.

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