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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.

Director:

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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Country:

South Africa

Language:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Great idea - dull execution
16 March 2010 | by gorelik-639-135844See all my reviews

Let's face it: the film is plain boring. It's a shame really, because the idea, the message behind it is superb and so very important for South Africa. The country simply can't go on without reconciliation - and forgiveness. But what an utterly pretentious and vapid execution! What a missed opportunity!

The movie might look good at international film festivals, where prizes are given for good intentions and political correctness. And where they make allowances for South African cinema as if it weren't one of the oldest and most established in the world. But films like Tsotsi, Jerusalema or even White Wedding are much more deserving of accolades than this dragging exercise in well-intentioned film-making.


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