Movie Review – The Forgiven (2018)

The Forgiven, 2018.

Directed by Roland Joffe.

Starring Forest Whitaker, Eric Bana, Jeff Gum, Morne Visser, Terry Norton, Rob Gough, and Debbie Sherman.


After the end of Apartheid, Archbishop Desmond Tutu meets with a brutal murderer seeking redemption.

Forgiveness is already a difficult process even if the results can offer inner healing and build towards communal peace, and it’s that dynamic within The Forgiven (directed by Roland Joffe and based on the play The Archbishop and the Antichrist written by Michael Ashton) that makes for riveting material. Appointed as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa following the democratic election of Nelson Mandela, Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker enters the religious garments of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, finding himself caught up in the investigation of a young teenage girl while feeling summoned to the penitentiary housing Piet Blomfeld (Eric Bana), a murderous racially and politically motivated criminal
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