Calvary Tuesday, 31 March 2020


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)


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


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

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