The Forgiven

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During his life sentence in post-apartheid South Africa, brutal murderer Piet Blomfield seeks redemption through meetings with Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Cast

Forest Whitaker
as Desmond Tutu
Eric Bana
as Piet Blomfeld
Jeff Gum
as Francois Schmidt
Morne Visser
as Hansi Coetzee
Terry Norton
as Lavinia
Thandi Makhubele
as Mrs. Morobe
Debbie Sherman
as Linda Coetzee
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  • Unfortunately the story's emotional impact is limited by the overstated performances and the heavy-handed direction of Roland Joffé.

    March 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • No attempt is made to win over the audience. This welcome absence of sentimentality allows us to experience Tutu's own crisis of faith as he attempts to reconcile this man's actions with his bedrock belief in forgiveness.

    March 9, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • [The Forgiven] only succeeds as an ugly, empty-headed provocation.

    March 9, 2018 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • Several powerful narratives vie for supremacy in the political drama "The Forgiven," but this sluggishly paced film's disparate parts never come together as a compelling whole.

    March 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "The Forgiven" is heavy-handed from its early texts explaining apartheid through its end credits.

    March 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • At least gives the Commission's heroic chairman, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, his due by placing him front and center in its history - though it's debatable whether Forest Whitaker's glazed impersonation should be considered an honour.

    March 8, 2018 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
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