It really seems to be the most trivial event in the world, after years
of serving in another parrish, Father Tom (David Graziano) returns to his
hometown for the burial of his sister, and naturally once back he runs
across Michael (Sean Carmichael), an artist who, besides portraits he
makes his living with, has also done some religious paintings that might
not be understood by all but that somehow open a window into his soul ...
and somehow, Father Tom feels responsible for having opened up Michael to
art, and religious art at that.
Oh, he's responsible alright, but in a
way darker and more despicable way than you might expect ...
Lynn Lowry has a strong scene as Michael's mother.
Now I'll be
honest, above synopsis of Trinity (and dare I say, any synopsis)
doesn't do the movie as such any justice, as it's not a narrative movie in
the traditional way, instead follows an associative story pattern that
doesn't make a clear distinction between before and after, real and
imagination, rationale and dream logic ... and that's a good thing, as
writer/director Skip Shea really understands how to do this and how to
bring his story across in a non-linear way, knows how to apply dream logic
to his movie's proceedings, how to deal with lack of (obvious) continuity
while keeping his characters and the story in line still, and how to get
his points across without spoon-feeding the audience. Now add to this a
rich yet subtle cinematic language and a solid cast that's obviously in on
what Shea's doing, and you've got yourself a very unusual yet pretty