Conspiracy of Silence
Source: Catholic News Service
Insipid thriller set in modern-day Ireland about a muckraking reporter (Jason Barry) who, while investigating the connections between two seemingly unrelated events -- the suicide of a local priest and the expulsion of a young, idealistic seminarian (Jonathan Forbes) -- uncovers a secret incriminating those in the highest ranks of the church. With little in the way of plausible suspense, director John Deery uses the film's slim story line as a rod on which to hang his grievances, including the church's stands on homosexuality and celibacy, employing caricature and distortion to position the hierarchy as one-dimensionally corrupt. A manipulative and sinister portrayal of the institutional church, including anti-clerical characterizations, a suicide, a sexual encounter with shadowy nudity, a shower scene with rear nudity, brief violence, and recurring rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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