|A Catholic curmudgeon......look familiar?|
He plays an ageing veteran of the Korean War coping with a terminal illness and a dysfunctional (ie modern Catholic) family.
The trappings of liberal Catholicism threaten to swamp him, from irreverent grandchildren misbehaving at his wife's Requiem Mass, to a fresh faced 'fourth former' of a priest who would make an excellent social worker but is at zero level when it comes to being a priest.
|A young parish priest at odds with a curmudgeon|
But, of course, the one overwhelming theme is that of the Sacrament of Penance, Confession, if you like.
Walt cannot bring himself to go to Confession after many years of not practising his Faith.
He has a violent streak in him and the final scene involves him in a physical battle against a gang of Hmong thugs.
I can say no more without giving the storyline away.
It is, arguably, one of the most intensely Catholic films of the last 20 years.
But, there is a great deal of what the filmmakers describe as "strong language".
That means an excessive use of the 'F' word so this film is not for minors.