From the Telluride and Venice film festivals, Spotlight is receiving rave reviews.
Spotlight tells the true story of how the Boston Globe revealed the Catholic Church’s cover-up of widespread child molestation within the Massachusetts priesthood, an exposé that garnered the Globe a Pulitzer.
For McAdams, who is coming fresh off of her performance in True Detective, this film part of the variety of films she’s focusing her career on. “I play this amazing journalist, Sacha Pfeiffer, who worked at the Boston Globe when they broke the story about the sex scandal in the Catholic Church,” McAdams said. “I got to spend some time with her.”
In 2001, Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton) leads the Globe‘s investigative unit, which includes Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (McAdams), and Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James), in an inquiry regarding sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
Despite repeated allegations — decades worth — of misconduct against minors under its care, the Church has long made a habit of simply moving the accused priests from parish to parish rather than allowing them to face justice. As the Globe‘s team finds layer after layer of cover-up, their investigation becomes a quest that goes on for months, pushing their psychological endurance to the limit.