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Pentecost (2011) Review | Jamie Daily

Pentecost (2011)
84th Academy Awards 2012
2/5 Stars
Nominated for Best Live Action Short Film (Peter McDonald, Eimear O’Kane).
Watched October 1, 2012.


Our first live action short on this blog is an Irish favourite, but a flop in my eyes.  The eleven-minute film was too long (seems impossible, I know), and its parallels were so incredibly obvious that I lost interest much sooner than anticipated.


I wanted to like Pentecost so badly, but couldn’t.  The humor needed better timing and the ending needed work, but the acting and cinematography were very well done.  It is the story of a young altar boy named Damien (Scott Graham), who “accidentally” almost hits the priest with an incense burner.  Furious, his father grounds him and tells him he cannot watch any more soccer.  Damien emphatically opposes his father’s punishment because it is his favourite team’s first time in the European Cup Final.


Luck, it seems, is shining down on him, when there is an emergency and Damien must once again be the altar boy.  Cue the long, drawn-out humor and obvious parallels between the church and shorts.  The priest gives a pep talk to a row of altar boys for over three minutes, which in an eleven-minute film is excessive.


It is cute and deserving of a few laughs.  As it is a short, I would encourage you to see it if you have an interest in Ireland, the church, or European soccer, but otherwise you might want to find something else to do with your time.

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