This is a film which, like Philomena, recently shown at Moving Image, illuminates the extent to which Ireland is coming to terms with its recent past. The director, John Michael McDonagh, who also wrote the screenplay, attempts to explore the experience of present-day Ireland, post the financial collapse and the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. It is a wry comedy, with some familiar Irish faces and a powerful central performance from Brendan Gleeson, as a priest whose life is threatened by a man who tells him, in the confessional, that he was abused by a Catholic priest as a child and who wants revenge. It is partly a whodunnit, as the audience, like the priest, can not see the confessor, but mostly it investigates mortality, Catholicism, sin and the possibility of redemption.
It won Best Film and Best Director awards, and Brendan Gleeson won the Best Actor award, at the Irish Film and Television Awards this year.
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Venue: William Loveless Hall