Conspiracy of Silence (2004)
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as David Foley
as Daniel McLaughlin
as Annie McLaughlin
as Fr. Sweeney
as Fr. Matthew Francis
as Fr. Jack Dowling
as Rector Cathal
as Fr. Joseph Ennis
as Fr. Murphy
as Liz Foley
as Monsignor Thomas
as Bishop Michael Quinn
as Mrs. McDermott
as Mary McLaughlin
as Fr. Martin Hennessy
as Jim O'Brien
as Fr. Doherty
as Mrs. McGlynn
Critic Reviews for Conspiracy of Silence
A good cast (Brenda Fricker, Hugh Bonneville and assorted veterans of British and Irish film and TV) gives Deery's film weight and credibility.
The need to portray the powers-that-be at all levels -- from the Vatican to the local parish -- in the worst possible light intrudes upon the movie, making it feel like a personal vendetta.
Certainly a debate over the church's tradition of an unmarried clergy ... could be a good and worthy one. But a quick, clumsy melodrama -- complete with awkward, pop-scored sex scenes -- isn't the best venue.
While the subject of enforced priestly celibacy is important, here it is dealt with in a workman-like manner lacking vibrancy.
Deery's points are well-taken, but they would have been a lot better made if he hadn't taken so many easy shots at the church by demonizing its local authorities.
Audience Reviews for Conspiracy of Silence
Interesting insights into the cloistered life of priests. The movie examines the concept of celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church, showing the hypocritical, political, and detrimental effects it has on them. Good cast. Decently done.
Catholic nay-sayers will probably have a field day with the movie, but my hunch is that most would be better served by any one of the numerous documentaries that cover the same topic.
VERY GOOD DRAMA INVOLVING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND IT'S POLICY OF CELIBACY WITH IT'S CLERGY. IT ALSO EXAMINES THE ISSUE OF GAY PRIESTS (CAN'T IMAGINE THOSE TWO WORDS NOT BEING USED TOGETHER) AND HIV. WELL DONE, IT HELD MY INTEREST.
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