Calvary” -- a new film, in theaters right now, by the Anglo Irish director and writer, John Michael McDonagh -- begins with an aerial view of Sligo, the Irish county that once inspired the poetry of William Butler Yeats. But in this movie, the rough beauty of the coastline is quickly upstaged by the cramped, insular world of sin in all its familiar and poisonous forms.
The local pastor, Father James (Brendan Gleeson)), is no stranger to the human condition, and ministers to his damaged flock with care and a bracing dose of dark Irish wit. He became a priest after the death of his wife, and still tends to his troubled daughter.
But his world is upended after a penitent enters the...READ MORE