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This was one of the best films I've seen in a long while, and I'll be contemplating its meaning for a long time. Father James, as portrayed brilliantly by Brendan Gleeson, is a truly good man, just what you'd hope a priest would be - a man who has lived, and loved, and who understands human frailty, especially his own. He faces his own Calvary with absolute courage, even though he has plenty of opportunity to save himself. So why oh why is it classed as a comedy? There are a few very black comedic scenes, but for the most part this is a very deep and serious film, about life, death, abuse, grief, love and loss. Anyone looking for a comedy would be very disappointed. Luckily I had read reviews beforehand. A truly great picture and Brendan Gleeson well deserves the praise and recognition he has received.