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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 12.10.13] Ireland (Republic of) comedy drama

If you go into John Michael McDonagh's Calvary expecting the same sorts of laughs as the director's previous Brendan Gleeson starring The Guard (trailer), you might find yourself a tidbit disappointed.

The Sundance selected Calvary stars Gleeson as a priest who is told he will be murdered in a week's time but is prevented by "seal of confessional" from telling anyone about the threat – including the police. The priest then spends the remainder of his last week on earth to set his affairs in order. There's a hint here that Gleeson's Father James Lavelle character might be hiding something nasty and there are a few chuckles here and there but overall, Calvary looks like a far darker dramedy than McDonagh's earlier film.

Along with Gleeson, Calvary also stars Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Gleeson's son Domhnall Gleeson and Littlefinger himself Aidan Gillen.

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