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A seemingly-untroubled adolescent carries disturbing secrets that compel a psychiatrist to unearth the patient's gruesome past.

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Michael Hunter
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Kyle Hunter
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Penny Hunter
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Shelly Hunter
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University Chairman
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Barbara Lonigan
Dena Lang ...
Gina
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Troy Pasternak
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Brad (as David Millburn)
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Joseph Caffey
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Diana Caffey
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Michael Hunter's lovely, beloved 17 year-old son Kyle committed suicide, although he was in therapy for depression. This ruins Michael's marriage, his daughter Shelly moves in with her mother. He stops treating patients in order to write and teach Psychotherapy, until many years later when a student gets him fascinated by the case of Thomas 'Tommy' Caffey. He was about to be released at his 18th birthday from the closed 'boys school' he was placed into after his father, Joseph, was put into jail for beating his adulterous mother to death. Michael feels that Tommy carries a big chip on his shoulder, ignores that Shelly fell for him at first sight, but is mesmerized by Tommy's resemblance (purposefully enhanced) to Kyle. There is also a revealing meeting with Tommy's dad in jail. Written by KGF Vissers

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He'll risk everything to unlock the secrets of the past.


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Rated R for violence, nudity/sexual content, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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14 September 2001 (Italy)  »

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Sins of the Father  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$43,641 (Brazil) (23 August 2002)
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In the US, UK, and Canada, the film was released straight to DVD, but in other parts of Europe (such as France, Italy and Spain), as well as in various Asian countries, it premiered in theaters. See more »

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When Tommy scares Shelly when she is making him a drink, her hair changes from being behind her back and ears, to in front of her. See more »

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Joseph Caffey: If you repeat this I will deny it. Like I have been and I always will. To my grave. Do you understand?
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Garcia shines in well-acted, well-paced thriller
10 January 2009 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

A leading psychiatrist has his world turned upside down by a tragic family event. He shuns patients, until being drawn back by a young man who witnessed his father kill his mother, but seems strangely unaffected by the event.

A great script that respects the audience, leaving a lot of information off-screen. When the story moves forward a few years and Garcia and his wife have separated, we fill in the blanks automatically and never have to be told why it happened. Tommy turns up with a car, and we know fine well how he got it, some despicable act cleverly left to our imaginations. Tommy is astoundingly, creepily normal given his circumstances, until his psychosis explodes suddenly. After that he tries in vain to get it back in the box. Garcia has never been better, every inch the grief-stricken father, his expressions nuanced and painful. He handles his 'revelation' in a prison scene near the end with aplomb.

The one downside is a maudlin, overbearing score that draws too much attention to itself.

This is a film that deserves to be better known. Thrillers with this kind of plot seldom have such multi-layered characters, or believable families and settings. An intelligent, rewarding film that I look forward to watching again.


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