Calvary tells the story of a good-natured priest who is suddenly threatened while performing a confessional. The man confessing says he will murder the priest in 1 week, and the film follows him as he sees the dark forces around him closing in. The score opens and closes with a beautiful movement backed by stirring vocals. As we enter into the score, Cassidy gives us the central Calvary theme, and this anchors the entire score. The entire body of the score never strays too far from that central theme. Instead, certain melodic elements are introduced to sort of hover over this theme. It builds magnificent layers of emotional weight. This is not necessarily a religious film and the score doesn't come across preaching anything. I interpreted the score as something resembling a journey wading through the mud and trying to come out the other side of it clean. Atoning for sins and forgiveness also echo in this score, but it is completely void of the dark humor in the film which makes it a more resonating standalone experience. The score has a slow tempo and moves in an elegant fashion, but the air is filled constantly with strings so the emotional weight never fades. Once we come to the conclusion we feel a tinge of tragedy but a satisfying bookend as well.