Synopsis: Father Greg Pilkington (Linus Roache) is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon hearing the confession of a young girl of her incestuous father, Greg enters an intensely emotional spiritual struggle deciding between choosing morals over religion and one life over another.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Antonia Bird
Production: Miramax Films
  4 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

We feel early retirement

will be the most suitable thing for you.

Stay on at St. Mary's for a few months.

Stay 'til January.

It's time to move on,

old son.

It's time to move on.

l was planning

to replace him in the new year,

but in the light of the wind of it,

I decided to give him the push now.

There's a young priest

called Greg Pilkington.

Down south at the moment. Wants to come

up here, do his bit for the inner city.

- What's he like ?

- He's a wee bit more orthodox than you.

Mind you, Colonel Gaddafi'd be

a wee bit more orthodox than you.

Yes ?

Oh !

Put him through.

Hello. Yes.


Yes, I've got that.


- Oh, come in, Father.



Hello, Father.

- Why did you do it ?

- Because he sacked me.

- Well, we've all got to go eventually.

- It was the way he did it.

I gave it my life. ln return,

I got a cup of tea, a biscuit...

and "It's time to move on, old son."

Oh, he looked up

from what he was writin'.

"It's time to move on,

old son."

Hi. Sorry I wasn't here

to meet you.

- Matthew Thomas.

- Greg Pilkington.

- Uh, Maria Kerrigan.

- Hello.


- So, uh, tea ?

- Well, that would be nice.


Sitting Bull.


even in defeat.

So, uh,

she's our housekeeper ?


It's an article of faith-- isn't it--

somewhere between transubstantiation...

and papal infallibility:

Housekeepers must be ugly.

- Sorry.

Nice word:


It dates back

to an old Jewish custom.

They used to invest all the sins

of the tribe into a goat.

Then kick it up the backside

so it escaped into the hills

taking all the sins with it.

And we've got

a scapegoat today.

It's that mythical beast

called society.

Drug addiction;


gambling; prostitution;


They're not

our sins anymore.

They're not the fault

of the individual anymore.

They're society's fault.

- Well, I'm sorry,

I don't understand that.

What did you think ?


You didn't like it.

I found it offensive.

You expect less of the people

because they live in a poor parish.

I find that offensive.


Really ?

- Yes.

- Thanks.

- You didn't buy any drinks.


The creation of

mankind only started on the sixth day.

It hasn't stopped yet.

We're taller than we were

a thousand years ago.

We're fitter, faster.

We live longer.

We're better educated.

More informed.

So, creation...

is an ongoing process.

And if you interfere

with it,

aren't you spitting

in the face of God ?

If you exploit

your work force,

- don't you spit in the face of God ?

- You do.

If you kill and maim,

throw people out of their homes,

turn your back on the elderly,

if you shut down schools

and hospitals,

force people out

on the dole--

ln fact,

if you do anything...

to prevent one single human being

reaching their full potential,

aren't you interfering

in creation...

- and spitting in the face of God ?

- Yes.

That's what I believe.

That's my truth.

That's what made me

become a priest,

and makes me remain a priest.

The peace of the Lord

be with you always.

And also with you.

Let us offer each other

the sign of peace.

- Peace be with you.

- Peace be with you, son.

Peace be with you.

Peace be with you.

- Peace be with you.

- Peace be with you.

- Peace be with you.

- Peace be with you.

Peace be with you, Father.

- Peace be with you, Maggie.

- Peace be with you, Father.

- Peace be with you.

- Peace be with you, Father.

I know what you're thinkin':

Any minute now, he'll take

his pants off.

Peace be with you.

It wasn't a sermon.

It was a party political broadcast

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Jimmy McGovern

James Stanley McGovern (born September 1949 in Liverpool) is an English screenwriter and producer. He created the television series Cracker (1993-1995), a popular and critical success in the UK, for which he received two Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He has also received recognition for The Lakes, The Street and Accused, among others. more…

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