Pitched as a darkly comic drama, Cavalry looks like it has the potential to be a really interesting release. Set on Ireland’s picturesque and isolated West coast, the film is based around the story of a priest – given Ireland’s religious conflicts, this seems a brave choice from the outset.
Brendan Gleeson takes the lead as a small town Priest, Father James Lavelle, threatened with death by a confessing parishioner. When the ‘seal of the confessional’ prevents him telling the police, he takes matters into his own hands and sets out to change the mind of his would be killer, whomever that may be.
The entirely original premise has potential to make a great story; presumably the film will follow a traditional ‘whodunnit’, as we wait to discover who made the threat and if they’ll follow it through. This traditionally structured sort of storytelling has the potential for a real character driven piece.
…including comedy greats Chris O’Dowd and Dylan Moran…
John McDonagh takes the helm as writer/director, and given the quality of his previous releases – The Guard and Ned Kelly – he seems a more than trustworthy pair of hands.
The cast includes several very talented Irish actors, including comedy greats Chris O’Dowd and Dylan Moran, as well as established dramatic actors like Kelly Reilly and About Time sweetheart Domhnall Gleeson.
…The premiere of Cavalry is taking place at Sundance Film Festival…
The cinematography looks to be stunning as well, taking full advantage of the Irish landscape and a range of impressively atmospheric locations. A few subtly comic moments in the trailer suggest that the film won’t take itself too seriously, but the plot sounds interesting enough to hold attention regardless. The premiere of Cavalry is taking place at Sundance Film Festival, which is particularly unusual for an Irish release.
Based on the cast alone, I’ll be among the first in line to see this when it comes out.