Pilgrimage:  Richard Armitage as a Norman Knight,  July 15, 2017  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1077)

The talented versatile British actor Richard Armitage tweeted a link to an interview he gave to the Irish Examiner about his new film being released “Pilgrimage”.

There are some new and interesting responses by Richard Armitage in this interview—about both the beautiful and pristine Irish landscapes as the backdrop for part of the film– s well as, the landscape of his character Sir Raymond de Merville (image below).

Pasted below are a few selected quotes by Richard Armitage:

““We were largely out in Connemara in western Ireland. To me it felt Nordic in a way,” says Armitage.”

““I was really interested first of all in playing a character where I would be speaking a different language. I was interested in that world. …””

“”I guess I always hunt for something new and exciting and a challenge I haven’t tried before. …”” 

Most good drama –and even comedy—has at its heart a conflict.  And in the film “Pilgrimage”, the conflict is both a clash for power and prestige, as well as, a determination by the monks to fulfill their holy mission in taking their sacred relic to Rome at the Pope’s behest.

These are timeless–and ever repeating through history–constructs of man (in this film’s case, literally) trying to control their world.  And for Richard Armitage’s character in seeking to gain mastery over and possession of the holy relic–that is said to be able to discern whether a man is a faithful and devoted servant of god—Sir Raymond, no doubt, seeks to elevate his family’s prestige and power.

The article also shares the 2017 video trailer for “Pilgrimage”.

I have not yet seen the film “Pilgrimage”—it is set to open in the U.S. on August 11, 2017.  But I will be interested to see whether the film merely focuses upon male domination and the ways in which they inflict their supremacy over and upon each other—often violently, it seems from some early reviews.  Or will this film’s heart about the sacred relic, reveal the unfolding layers of the human soul of these wandering monks and Sir Raymond—each of them striving to achieve a personal peace in their own way, and as it is meaningful to them?

I hope that it is more of the latter, than the former.

P.S.  And I will leave you with a new and stunning image (below) of Richard Armitage portraying Sir Raymond de Merville, thanks to smolverine:


About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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8 Responses to Pilgrimage:  Richard Armitage as a Norman Knight,  July 15, 2017  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1077)

  1. July 15, 2017–Thanks for voting/starring Post #1077 about Richard Armitage’s new interview about his role in the “Pilgrimage” film! I’m glad that you enjoyed it! Cheers! Grati ;->



  2. Andrea Númellóte says:

    I bought a dvd and watched it last Tuesday. I really loved it, though I wish we knew a bit more of the characters. But we can solve some puzzles ourselves by what little we learn from dialogs, and we can use our imagination to fill the gap. I am sure you will enjoy watching it ;)
    Have a good weekend!

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    • Hi Andrea, Thanks for your nice comment and good review of the the film “Pilgrimage”! I am looking forward to seeing it. I will buy the dvd as well. I’ll have to see if it is on Amazon yet. Ha! Cheers! Grati ;->


    • And I meant to ask, does the dvd have any “special features” with it?


      • Andrea Númellóte says:

        I bought it on amazon.uk for £6,95 . It has ”Making of” part where we can find out some stuff. It’s about 20-25 mins long – if I remember correctly. ;) Cheers!

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        • Ah! That explains why I didn’t see it for sale on Amazon U.S. And that seems like a really good price. I’ll check it out! I think the ALC software acts like an “all region” dvd player in my computer. Ha! Cheers!


  3. July 16, 2017–Wormwood Scrubs blog on WP has a great review of the film “Pilgrimage”! And considering other reviews have mentioned scenes of bloody violence–making them seem gratuitous–and the Wormwood Scrubs blogger did not, I’m feeling more inclined to keep an open mind and see how the filmmakers approach the film.

    The review does contain spoilers about the plot and characters. So read it knowing that. Here is that review link:



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