I borrowed this film from the local library. I’m glad I only spent a quid to rent it (yay inter-library loans!)
How bad is it? Let me count the ways.
Plot: Stupid. It centers on an anonymous pentitent threatening to assassinate a priest, on an appointed day. Priest goes to his bishop about what to do. Bishop says “it’s up to you”.
Dialogue: The film starts with a disgusting, insane line uttered in the confessional and continues in the same vein; unrealistic, stilted and unimaginative e.g. the local Irish make cynical and insulting remarks to a girl, in her presence, about her obvious signs of having attempted suicide. As ye do.
Costumes: No Irish priest has worn a cassock since the 1960s.
Characterisation: The cast play a strange set of foul-mouthed, cynical, urbane people somewhere besid...Read More