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Forgiveness (2004)

A disgraced ex-cops arrival in a small town triggers a cathartic journey of Forgiveness and revenge for himself and the family of the activist he killed.

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Ian Gabriel

Writer:

Greg Latter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Vosloo ... Tertius Coetzee
Zane Meas Zane Meas ... Hendrik Grootboom
Denise Newman ... Magda Grootboom
Quanita Adams Quanita Adams ... Sannie Grootboom
Christo Davids Christo Davids ... Ernest Grootboom
Elton Landrew Elton Landrew ... Llewellyn
Lionel Newton Lionel Newton ... Luke
Hugh Masebenza Hugh Masebenza ... Zuko
Jeremy Crutchley ... Father Dalton
Nan Hamilton Nan Hamilton ... Eva le Grange
Sylvia Esau Sylvia Esau ... 'Go back' woman (as Sylvia Essau)
Celeste Matthews Celeste Matthews ... Petra
Nina Shepherd Nina Shepherd ... Nurse
Natalie Yon Natalie Yon ... Llrwellyn's wife
Tshamano Sebe Tshamano Sebe ... Zuko's brother
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A disgraced ex-cops arrival in a small town triggers a cathartic journey of Forgiveness and revenge for himself and the family of the activist he killed.

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Drama

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Country:

South Africa

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

25 June 2004 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Il perdono - Forgiveness See more »

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Production Co:

Giant Films,Dv8 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Powerful, cathartic and beautiful!
23 December 2005 | by therealdocmartinSee all my reviews

Absolutely magnificent! Unlike many South African films, all the elements merge perfectly to create something hauntingly familiar and deeply emotional. The photography, script, acting, symbolism and historical detail are wonderfully accurate. An added bonus for South Africans is the colourful language and genuine portrayals of characters from the West Coast fishing community, black urban middle class and white thirty-something Capetonians. The mannerisms, slang and expletives are heard every day on the streets but very rarely make it to the big screen.

Overseas audiences might not be familiar with all the details but simple internet searches will reveal that the majority of the facts that the film is based on are indeed real. *SPOILERS* Although no-one says it directly it is obvious that Arnold Vosloo's character is based on Dirk Coetzee the leader of a government 'assassination squad'. The torture methods described in the movie (including the infamous 'wet bag' method) are all real and documented in evidence given to the TRC. Many suspects were interrogated on a farm known as 'Vlakplaas' which was also obliquely referred to in the film. The issue of torture and it's deployment in a 'war on terror' have never been more relevant.

This film is truly one of the best films to come out of post apartheid South Africa and I hope it reaches a wide international audience.


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