‘The best portrayal of a good priest in decades’

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This review of Calvary, the acclaimed film by John Michael McDonagh, by Archbishop Charles Chaput is well worth reading – in the event that you had any doubts about going to see it.

“Calvary” is the kind of film that leaves a theater silent at the final credits. It’s not the silence of boredom or a morgue, but the silence of people collecting their emotions in order to breathe again.

Friends who’ve seen the film, some of them already two or three times, have noticed the same effect. From the first frame to the last, “Calvary” has an understated power – a blend of everyday pain, faith, despair, humor, candor, bitterness, and forgiveness – that brands itself onto the heart with spare simplicity. It’s also the best portrayal of a good priest in impossible circumstances I’ve seen in several decades.

Read the full review here.

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