Running Time (minutes): 100
Description: After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly
Only one question keeps going through my mind: What was the point of this film? First of all, the premise is just stupid: a man wants to kill a good priest to upset people because he’s been traumatised by bad priests. Other than that, we get lots and lots of meetings between the good priest and random people who mostly have one thing in common: they hate the Church and bother him with that whenever they can. I did feel concerned for the good priest (Brendan Gleeson is terrific), but then he claims he didn’t cry for all the people abused by priests in the past. Doesn’t make any sense to me. Also – spoiler alert! – we’re meant to believe Gleeson did indeed abuse the guy who threatened him. The problem is that just doesn’t work because Gleeson is a way too good-natured priest who can’t possibly have sexually assaulted anyone unless he’s suffering from a mental illness that is never revealed here. The subplot with the daughter was more interesting, though, but nothing beat Orla O’Rourke’s juicy Irish accent and Aidan Gillen was a pleasant surprise.
I’ve always had a bit of a weak spot for Irish folk music. If only the score had been as good as all the background tunes. Not a trace of any Irish instruments, no themes… nothing.