‘Calvary’ looks at Catholic sex abuse scandal
‘Calvary’ is the story of the Catholic priest who receives a death threat in one of his parishioners who had been abused by a priest like a kid.
It’s John Michael McDonagh’s second film following the much-acclaimed ‘The Guard’ and it has already raked in a number of awards about the film festival circuit in front of its official launch.
The film is unflinching in its explanation of sexual abuse by members of the Chapel, a scandal which completely emerged with a 2009 statement that exposed how sexual molestation and rape was “endemic” in Ireland’s church-run organizations.
“It’s such a difficult, troubling, terrible, bad topic – the clerical abuse scandals – why could you would like to get involved with it in sort of obvious, obvious way? Obtain some humor inside and it had been better to approach it obliquely,” said McDonagh.
Lead actor Brendan Gleeson has received wide critical praise for his role as the Catholic priest. Although it had been shot on location in Ireland he says, the film’s concept is common.
“It’s obviously culturally established there and really material and the scenery is just a figure by itself. So it’s an extremely Irish film in lots of ways, but I wish it’s about items that are more common than that. And I wish it’s beyond even the idea of Catholicism and sometimes even recognized religion. I’m hoping people can react to it without feeling they must be raised a Catholic or anything to comprehend it,” said the Irish actor.
Also featuring Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen and Chris O’Dowd, ‘Calvary’ has gone out within the UK and Ireland this month.