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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.


Ian Gabriel


Greg Latter
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




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


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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South Africa


English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

25 June 2004 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Il perdono - Forgiveness See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Giant Films,Dv8 See more »
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Solid South African production
28 June 2004 | by stansmith122See all my reviews

I watched this over the weekend. For a relatively low budget movie I was quite impressed. Kudos to Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy) for coming back to SA to support the local industry. It is also great to see the local guys putting in convincing performances.

The story moves at a reasonable pace for the most part, though it was a bit slow in places. The plot is one which South Africans will identify well with, though foreigners will be able to follow it with ease. The movie explores strong racial antagonism which mellows towards racial reconciliation. This theme has been overworked in the past, but this movie gives it fresh spin and there are some quirky, dramatic and tense scenes. Even with the slightly surprising ending, one does get a sense of closure.

While not brilliant, the camera and director work was more than adequate and did not detract from the movie.

It would be great to see more South African movies. It was a pity that the theater was mostly empty. Lack of support for something as solid as this is disheartening. Local industry needs more support from the viewer base. Even though the movie is 'arty' it should have perhaps been released on the main circuit to give it greater exposure.

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