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It has been nine years since Bancroft's character shot Brown's son. She goes to the prison to vent her rage at him over what he did, and discovers he's not the monster she thought he was. ... See full summary »

Director:

Joyce Chopra

Writers:

Ann Beckett (story), Ann Beckett (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Doug Abrahams ... Parole Chairman
Cameron Bancroft ... Jeff Parker
Blair Brown ... Zalinda Dorcheus
Jan D'Arcy ... Helen Parker
William deVry ... Shane
Ed Evanko Ed Evanko ... Doctor
Mark Gibbon ... Guard #2
Rochelle Greenwood ... Deb
Michelle Hart Michelle Hart ... Pat
Maria Herrera ... Victim's Wife
Nancy Hillis Nancy Hillis ... Waitress (as Nancy McClure)
Scott Hylands ... Matt Parker
Aaron Joseph Aaron Joseph ... Boy #2
David Kaye ... Rick
Shirley Knight ... Margaret
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It has been nine years since Bancroft's character shot Brown's son. She goes to the prison to vent her rage at him over what he did, and discovers he's not the monster she thought he was. While Bancroft voices remorse, Brown finds herself beginning to forgive. Based on a true story. Written by D'Amico <damico_t@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El perdón See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A surprisingly humane and intelligent movie
12 February 1999 | by KiwinickSee all my reviews

I was very surprised by this film. I expected it to be a typical, simple story about the mother of a murder victim. Instead, I found it to be a humane exploration of what it is to hate, and to live life in the past. There was no black and white, no "goodies" and "baddies", rather the characters were real humans, with real strengths and weaknesses. The two principles were played in a sympathetic and sensitive manner. The film is slow paced, but that matched well the phases of this film, first, the exploration of hatred, and then the increasing understanding of mother and murderer.

Nothing about the story seemed contrived, and each of the plot elements followed logically from what had gone before.

The message of this film. Love yourself and others, live in the now, but do not forget the past.


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