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Simon Helberg’s We’ll Never Have Paris set to close Edinburgh International Film Festival

EIFF has announced that Simon Helberg’s romantic comedy WE’LL NEVER HAVE PARIS, co-directed by Jocelyn Towne, as the Closing Night film at the 68th edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Sunday 29 June.


The film is written and co-directed by Helberg (The Big Bang Theory), who also plays the lead, and co-directed by actor/director Jocelyn Towne (I Am I). The film also stars Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Spiderman 2), Melanie Lynskey (Up In The Air, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower), Jason Ritter (Parenthood, Joan Of Arcadia) and Maggie Grace (Taken, The Twilight Saga).


Chris Fujiwara, EIFF Artistic Director, said: “With WE’LL NEVER HAVE PARIS, a funny and very personal romantic comedy, we’ll be able to close this year’s festival on a real high note. It’s a film of great charm and considerable intelligence, and Simon Helberg is brilliant in it.”


Simon Helberg and Jocelyn Towne, Co-directors, said: “It is an unbelievable thrill to be picked as the coveted closing night film at such a legendary festival. We hope the people of Scotland will find our pain and suffering as funny as we do.”


Based on Helberg and Towne’s real life romantic history, WE’LL NEVER HAVE PARIS is a candid tale of a neurotic young man rattled by the sudden declaration of love he receives from an attractive co-worker (Grace) moments before he is about to propose to his girlfriend (Lynskey). Heartbroken, she flees to Paris, and he must now race across the Atlantic to win her back. But will he be too late?


WE’LL NEVER HAVE PARIS will receive its International premiere at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre on Sunday 29 June with Simon Helberg in attendance, and will open nationwide in August 2014.


Cavalry: *****



Synopsis: In Sligo, Ireland, Father James (Gleeson) discovers that one of his congregation, who was abused by another priest, intends to kill him within a week. If that wasn’t enough for him to contemplate, he has his daughter (Reilly), who has recently attempted suicide, and  a range of locals who have differing reasons to hate the Catholic Church to deal with at the same time.


After making his debut with the hilarious comedy The Guard, director John McDonagh returns with another piece of genius filmmaking.


Brendan Gleeson also returns for the ride as the protagonist Father James, a priest in rural Ireland who is surprised by a death threat one morning as he takes confession. His performance he is a bit more somber and not as outrageous as his character in The Guard. Not to say that he does not have some cracking one liners.


As Gleeson spends what may be his final days tending to his villagers in a variety of ways, Calvary comes together as a terrific medley of tones and styles. It’s got the black comedy that’s been at the core of Irish writing for centuries, but also offers a deadly serious examination of faith and compassion.


He is supported by a range of Irish comedic actors from Chris O’Dowd’s disturbed butcher, Dylan Moran’s depressed banker and Aidan Gillen’s atheist doctor. All displaying some sort of crazy characteristics, that it is a wonder how Gleeson’s priest is so down to earth and calm considering how he has to deal with the madness around him.


While Kelly Reilly, gives a terrific performance as James’ troubled daughter who is trying to reconcile with her father.


There are two layers of tone to the script. It is a dark comedy, but has surprisingly few laughs. That is not to say that is a flaw, as the drama and characterisation blend well within the structure.


Beautifully written and wonderfully performed. Calvary may not be as funny as The Guard. But with the emotional punch it makes, the film is better than McDonagh’s debut.


Reviewed by Paul Logan