Forgiveness (2004)





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A South African police officer still haunted by the role he played in the brutal torture and murder of a young freedom fighter travels to the dying fishing town from which the boy came to beg the forgiveness of his grieving mother and father in first-time director Ian Gabriel's unflinching look at the crumbling emotional dams that came with the end of apartheid. Upon arriving in the crumbling town of Paternoster, ex-policeman Tertius Coetzee (Mummy star Arnold Vosloo) unleashes a suffocating … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Greg Latter
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as Sannie Grootboom

as Llewellyn

as Tertius Coetzee

as Hendrik Grootboom

as Ernest Grootbroom

as Magda Grootboom
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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Everyone's sorry about something in this glum drama about the way repentance can do more damage than the sin that precedes it.

July 9, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Though the film could have used better explainers for some of its talking heads...its message is as satisfying as the sweetest revenge.

Full Review… | July 9, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 19, 2009
Top Critic

Ultimately, the film's stilted design is more transparent than clever, for which there shouldn't be any excuse.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Slant Magazine

Gabriel and screenwriter Greg Latter tackle a thorny subject and do justice to its complexities for much of the film's running time, only succumbing to cliches of healing and closure at the end.

Full Review… | July 9, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

More truth than reconciliation in post-Apartheid revenge flick.

Full Review… | July 9, 2008

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