The new film Calvary has been receiving a lot of praise, including here on TC, for its nuanced portrayal of a Catholic priest, played by Brendan Gleeson. I recently interviewed the writer and director, John Michael McDonagh, for the Filmspotting podcast I co-host, and I'm glad to be able to share our talk here.

I wanted to focus on Calvary's remarkable opening scene, which you can watch below. It takes place in a confessional booth and sets up the main narrative thread of the story. Gleeson's…  [more]