Brendan Gleeson, John Michael McDonagh Talk ‘Calvary’

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“Cavalry,” John Michael McDonagh’s new bleak, comic drama, begins with a good-hearted Irish priest, Father James (Brendan Gleeson) giving confession to an anonymous voice who tells the priest he is going to murder him in a week. This is revenge for years of sexual abuse the confessor suffered from pedophile priests; the murder only has meaning, the confessor says, if the victim is a blameless, good priest. In the seven days he has to settle his affairs, Father James confronts an oddball assortment of sinners in the rural village, set in Sligo, on Ireland’s West Coast. . . .

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