Calvary script
Calvary (2014)
Synopsis: An honest and good-hearted priest (Brendan Gleeson) wrestles with a cynical, spiteful community after he receives a death threat from an unknown parishioner.

INT. CONFESSIONAL - DAY 1

FATHER JAMES LAVELLE, fifties, is idly reading Moby Dick.

Dressed in an old-fashioned black soutane. He hears

someone enter the confessional. Marks his page. Waits -

MAN’S VOICE (O.S.)

I first tasted semen when I was

seven years old.

HOLD CLOSE on LAVELLE.

MAN’S VOICE (O.S.)

Nothing to say?

LAVELLE:

It’s certainly a startling opening

line.

MAN’S VOICE (O.S.)

What is that, irony?

LAVELLE:

I’m sorry, let’s start again.

Are you...What do you...What do

you want to say to me? I’m here to

listen to whatever you have to say.

MAN’S VOICE (O.S.)

I was raped by a priest when I was

seven years old. Orally and anally,

as they say in the court reports.

This went on for five years.

Every other day for five years.

I bled a lot, as you can imagine.

I bled a terrible amount.

LAVELLE:

(after a pause)

Have you spoken to anyone about-

MAN’S VOICE (O.S.)

I’m speaking to you now.

LAVELLE:

I mean, have you sought professional

help?

MAN’S VOICE (O.S.)

Why, so I could learn how to cope?

So I could learn how to live with it?

Maybe I don’t want to cope. Maybe I

don’t want to learn how to live with it.

LAVELLE:

Why don’t you make a formal complaint?

You can testify-

(CONTINUED)

2.

1 CONTINUED:
1

MAN’S VOICE (O.S.)

The man’s dead.

There is silence for a moment.

LAVELLE:

I don’t know what to say to you.

I have no answer for you, I’m sorry.

MAN’S VOICE (O.S.)

What good would it do anyway, if he

were still alive? What’d be the point

in killing the bastard? That’d be no

news. There’s no point in killing a

bad priest. But killing a good one?

That’d be a shock, now. They wouldn’t

know what to make of that.

(pause)

I’m going to kill you, Father.

I’m going to kill you ‘cause you’ve

done nothing wrong. I’m going to kill

you ‘cause you’re innocent.

(pause)

Not right now, though. I’ll give you

enough time to put your house in order.

Make your peace with God. Sunday week,

let’s say. I’ll meet you down on the

beach there. Down by the water there.

(with a laugh)

Killing a priest on a Sunday.

That’ll be a good one.

(pause)

Do you not have anything to say to

me, Father?

*

LAVELLE:

Not right now, no. But I’m sure I’ll

think of something. By Sunday week.

There is a pause. Then the MAN laughs. The confessional

door is heard opening and closing. LAVELLE waits.

2

INT. CHURCH - DAY 2

LAVELLE emerges from the confessional. Looks around -The

church is empty. He stands alone.

3

INT. OPENING TITLES - PHOTOGRAPHS - DAY 3

Sepia, b/w, colour photographs, from the ‘20s to the ‘90s,

of children with priests.

4

INT. OPENING TITLES - CHURCH - DAY 4

LAVELLE and his altar boy, MICHE.L O’SULLIVAN, serving

Communion to his PARISHIONERS.

(CONTINUED)

3.

4 CONTINUED:
4

Some of whom -- MILO HERLIHY, GERALD RYAN, SIMON ASAMOAH,

JACK BRENNAN and VERONICA BRENNAN -- we will encounter in

due course.

LAVELLE:

Body of Christ.

Amen.

VERONICA:

She receives the Eucharist. She is wearing shades to cover

a black eye. LAVELLE moves on to the next PARISHIONER.

5

EXT. OPENING TITLES - EASKEY, CO. SLIGO - DAY 5

The town’s main street. Houses brightly-painted as in a

Jacques Demy film. A GRUMPY BASTARD zips by in a

wheelchair.

*

*

A young priest dressed in a black clerical suit -- FATHER

TIMOTHY LEARY -- exits the village store with the Sunday

newspapers.

*

6

EXT. OPENING TITLES - O’DOWD CASTLE - DAY 6

TOURISTS exploring the picturesque castle, a thirteenth-

century structure overlooking the shoreline.

7

EXT. OPENING TITLES - EASKEY BEACH - DAY 7

One of the finest surfing destinations in the world,

renowned for its two reef breaks.

SURFERS riding a massive wave that eventually comes

crashing down.

8

EXT. OPENING TITLES - CHURCH - DAY 8

A large wooden church on a hill. The PARISHIONERS exit.

OPENING TITLES end.

9

INT. SACRISTY - DAY 9

TITLE -- “Sunday”.

LAVELLE and MICHE.L enter. MICHE.L slouching.

LAVELLE:

A little too much wine in the

chalice again, there, Miche.l.

MICHE.L

Sorry, Father.

LAVELLE:

(taking off his chasuble)

I’m wondering is this some kind of

ploy on your behalf.

(CONTINUED)

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)Say it

John Michael McDonagh

John Michael McDonagh is an English/Irish screenwriter and film director. He wrote and directed The Guard and Calvary, both films starring Brendan Gleeson. He was born in London in 1967. more…

All John Michael McDonagh scripts | John Michael McDonagh Books

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Translation

Translate and read this script in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss this Calvary script with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Calvary" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 16 Dec. 2017. <http://www.scripts.com/script/calvary_584>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!