Cal
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In the opening scenes of this politically-oriented drama, a killer enters the home of a policeman and in a shocking sequence murders him in cold blood -- an act that becomes the key to the rest of this film about the conflict between politics and life. Young Catholic, Cal (John Lynch) works in a slaughterhouse during the day and has participated in terrorist activities, but he wants out after he has been forced to drive a getaway car in the murder of the policeman. Meanwhile, he is slowly enchanted by Marcella, an older woman (Helen Mirren) who has just started working at the local library.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The symbolism is thrashed just a little hard at times, but on the whole it's a most impressive debut from O'Connor, strongly acted all round."
‑ , Time Out
"[A] trite, weepy, rather contrived tale -- you feel that every extra who passes in the street has a more involving, authentic story to tell."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Cal tells a story that has been told many times before, but tells it quietly and powerfully about a particular time and place: Northern Ireland in the 1980s."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Has its powerful moments."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Miss Mirren, through a reserve that disappears layer by layer, makes Marcella a woman of unexpected substance and generosity, one who is no more comfortable with the pain and paradoxes of Northern Ireland than Cal is himself."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A taut, compelling film about the tension, distrust and senseless violence in contemporary Ireland."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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