“Calvary” opens Friday at Sundance Cinemas. R, 1:40, three stars out of four.
John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary” has a corker of an opening scene. Father James (Brendan Gleeson), a kindly village priest in County Sligo, is in the confession box, and an unseen parishioner walks in. He tells how he was sexual abused by another priest as a boy. The man then vows to kill the good priest in one week as revenge against the church.
“It’s certainly a startling opening line,” Father James responds drily.