Todd Rohal’s (““The Guatemalan Handshake”) sophomore feature, “The Catechism Cataclysm,” has been generating solid buzz on the festival circuit since premiering in Sundance this year. IFC Midnight, who picked it up out of SXSW, just dropped the trailer. It’s now clear why this comedy made a mark: It looks mighty bizarre and funny to boot.
The film follows Father Billy, a young priest who is forced to take a sabbatical by his superiors when he is discovered saying inappropriate things to his followers. To make the most of his time off, Billy sets off on a canoe trip with his high-school friend Robbie. When the two get lost, things take a turn for the weird.
““Catechism” plays like a singularly wacky, surrealist sketch comedy—wildly entertaining, invariably random and delectably strange,” our Eric Kohn wrote in his Sundance review of the comedy. From the looks of it, Kohn’s right on the money.
IFC Midnight opens it theatrically on October 21.