A 19 year old (Heath Ledger) finds himself in debt to a local gangster (Bryan Brown) when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile two street kids start a ... See full summary »
A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.
Alex Bernier (Ledger) is a member of an arcane order of priests known as Carolingians. When the head of the order dies, Alex is sent to Rome to investigate mysterious circumstances surrounding the death. The body bears strange marks on the chest which may or may not be the sign of a Sin Eater (Furmann), a renegade who offers absolution, last rites and therefore a path to heaven outside the jurisdiction of the church. Alex enlists the aid of his old comrade Father Thomas (Addy) and of a troubled artist (Sossamon) upon whom he once performed an exorcism. He soon finds himself plunged into a mystery only to find himself at the heart of it. Written by
Originally scheduled for January 17, 2002, the film's release date was postponed when the visual effects had to be redone because they were thought to be unintentionally funny. According to a anonymous source close to the production quoted by Variety magazine, the special effects depicting sins exiting the human body after death looked like "calamari". See more »
You can see the cable holding the man who was being hanged. See more »
Every life is a riddle. The answer to mine is knowledge, born of darkness.
It wasn't always so. In the beginning, I still had questions. In the beginning, my mystery still remained.
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Actually quite good if you give yourself over to it
This should have retained the title Sineater since thats more to the point of what the film is about. This is one of those movies that shows signs of being tinkered with, mostly in that chunks of it don't make sense, or a sense that seems to have been cut out. Basically the film has Heath Ledger as a priest going to Rome to investigate the death of the head of his order. Its more complicated than that, and for a good chunk of it, it doesn't make sense, not that it ever fully does. Frankly for good or bad this film is going to stay with me for a long time. Its not what ever it was advertised as, its an occult mystery thats closer to the Club Dumas, the source of the Johnny Depp movie, the 9th Gate, than to a conventional horror film. I like the film. Its very flawed but its interesting enough and raises some good questions about salvation and the church. If you want to try something different, and don't mind that its not perfect, I say try this. (forgive me there is an urge to wax poetic about bits of it...)
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