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CALVARY

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CALVARY

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 100m 52s

Release date 01/11/2013

BBFCInsight Contains very strong language, strong sex references and bloody violence

Genre(s) Comedy, Drama

Director(s) John Michael McDonagh

Cast includes Chris O'Dowd, Brendan Gleeson, Dylan Moran, Kelly Reilly

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 22/10/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

CALVARY is a black comedy drama in which a priest is told that he is going to be killed and is given time to place his affairs in order.

Language

One use of very strong language ('c**t') is delivered by a businessman without any aggression. There are several uses of strong language ('f**k'), as well as other bad language including 'arse', 'bastards', 'bloody', 'dicks', 'pricks', 'shit' and 'screwing'.

Sex

There are strong verbal references, including references to child sexual abuse when an adult victim talks about his experience at the hands of a priest. In other scenes an apparent male prostitute uses graphic language when talking with a priest about his behaviour.

Violence

Bloody violence occurs in a scene where a character, having already been shot in the stomach, is shot in the head, resulting in a large spray of blood from the back of the character's head and staining the land where the victim falls.

The film also includes infrequent portrayals of drug use. In one scene a man in a pub bathroom snorts cocaine, and in another two men share a cannabis joint. However, the film as a whole neither promotes nor encourages drug misuse. There are references to domestic violence and one character is seen with a bruised eye. There are also a number of dialogue references to suicide, but neither the individual references nor the film as a whole encourages suicide.

Details

Title
CALVARY
Year
2013
Distributor(s)
E1 Films
Classified date(s)
28/06/2013
Main language
English
Submitted run time
100m 52s
Approved footage
9078+0
BBFC reference
BFF301555
Registration number
CFJ29358

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