CAL­VARY

★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - CINEMA - DC

Di­rected by John Michael McDon­agh. Star­ring Brendan Glee­son, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Ai­dan Gillen, Isaach de Bankolé, M Em­met Walsh, David McSavage, David Wil­mot, Domh­nall Glee­son

A trou­bled parish­ioner, un­der cover of the con­fes­sional, threat­ens to kill a de­cent priest (Glee­son) in a week’s time. That core drama is over­pow­ered by the clum­sily em­blem­atic na­ture of the pro­tag­o­nist’s per­am­bu­la­tions about a town­land that may as well have been called Lit­tle Ire­landia. Ev­ery­body “rep­re­sents” some­thing or other. Glee­son’s touch­ing, nu­anced per­for­mance just about holds the dis­or­dered el­e­ments to­gether. But Cav­alry ul­ti­mately feels broad, ni­hilis­tic and lack­ing in rea­son. 15A cert, lim re­lease, 100 min

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