I'm often asked "What is the best film for <insert time of year/social occasion>?"
At Easter it is no different except people ask what's the best Passion film. Scorsese's Temptation of Christ, Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ perhaps or even Passolini's Gospel according to Saint Matthew are all fairly standard go to choices.
However (as always) I look elsewhere.
I look to Calvary.
Calvary is not simply another darkly comedic, McDonagh directed, Irish film. It is not simply a look at the cause and effect of the numerous abuse cases committed within the church and their effects. Nor is it a swipe at the bankers who have crippled Ireland and brought austerity through their negligence. Furthermore It is not just about the changing relationship between the man/woman in the street and their dwindling relationship with the church.
It is about all these things and more.
It is also Easter summed up.
The man accused when he has committed no crime.
The man of faith who encounters and has embraced those that society rejects. The prostitute, the rich young ruler/banker to name just a couple.
The teacher who receives no help from religious rulers the very people who SHOULD be on his side.
The divine representative who witnesses the community around him change from welcoming him to turn on him within a few short days.
The man who faces his accuser, listens to their accusations and takes the blame.
Calvary is everything you could hope for at Easter.