One Sunday morning, like any other Sunday morning, in a sleepy western Irish coastal town, Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) is taking confession. He's taken aback when the confessor tells him that he was abused by a priest as a child, his abuser is now dead, so he intends to avenge the injustice by killing a good priest. The man gives Father James a week to sort out his affairs. Over the course of that week, Father James goes about his business as usual, doing his best to help members of his congregation such as the local butcher (Chris O'Dowd), his flirtatious wife (Orla O'Rourke), her lover (Isaach De Bankolé), the atheist doctor (Aiden Gillen), the supercilious lord of the manor (Dylan Moran), the local loser (Pat Shortt) and the cantankerous reclusive American (M Emmet Walsh), to list but a few. A visit from his suicidal daughter (Kelly Reilly) and a fatal road accident in the town help him to focus his mind on what's really important. As the following Sunday approaches, and the tension builds up a head of steam, his faith and morality battle with common sense as he struggles with how to deal with the threat against his life, but ultimately, like the good man that he is, Father James faces his fate with dignity.
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