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The Last Sin Eater (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama | 9 February 2007 (USA)
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In seeking her own redemption from the man of whom she is most afraid, ten-year-old Cadi Forbes discovers a secret sin haunting her community of Welsh immigrants in 1850s Appalachia.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Miz Elda
... Man of God
... Cadi Forbes
... Fagan Kai
... Angor Forbes
... Brogan Kai
... The Sin Eater
... Fia Forbes
... Lilybet
... Iona Kai
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick ... Bletsung McLeod
... Gervase O'Dara
Anne Cullimore Decker ... Granny Forbes
... Laochailand Kai
Molly Jepson ... Elen Forbes
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Appalachia, 1850. A generation ago a group of Welshmen came across the ocean to build a new existence and with them they brought their own traditions and rituals. One of them is the sin eater, a mysterious person, forced to live in the woods and mountains, only to come out when somebody dies. He then pawns his own soul to take away the sins of the deceased. 10 year old Cadi Forbes meets the sin eater for the first time at the funeral of her grandmother and is immediately intrigued. Cadi is torn by guilt over the death of her little sister Elen and wants the sin eater to redeem her. With the help of Fagen, son of the ruthless village leader Brogen, and the imaginary Lilybet, she starts a search to find him, but by doing so Cadi slowly, but surely unravels dark and terrible secrets. Written by Arnoud Tiele (imdb@tiele.nl)

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A little girl's quest for redemption uncovers a dark secret... and the truth shall set her free.

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, and some intense sequences of violence | See all certifications »

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Das Geheimnis der kleinen Farm  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$246,483, 11 February 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$379,643, 18 February 2007
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Contrary to what is shown with the immigrant Welsh as superstitious pagans, the Welsh of the early 1800s had a strong Christian background, with the Church of England and an early Methodist movement being the most common denominations. Christianity, the bible, and Jesus would have been well known to anyone from Wales. See more »

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The Last Sin Eater
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Released by WORD Records
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Good acting, incoherent storytelling
19 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

Let me start off by saying I am not a Christian (I DO believe in God but I'm afraid that doesn't make me a Christian) - and to answer your question: YES, this is a *Christian* movie, with a very clear message, but I won't spoil the plot for you.

The story in a nutshell is the awakening of a Welsh community in early America, coming to terms with their dark history, seen through the eyes of a ten year old child.

There are flaws. It's based on a novel, so the director had to make difficult choices to narrow down the plot for screen time. The editing wasn't good and led to some incoherency and superficial plot holes. The story sometimes wasn't going anywhere, and the 'horror' scenes best could've been left out, they seem out of place. Special effects looked cheap. Last and least: the accents. They should've invested a bit more in accent training because this sounded like a far fetched (teethless) dialect..

But there's some good performances to be admired. First of all, I tip my hat for Liana Liberato. What a great actress at such a young age. Secondly Soren Fulton did a great job and there was lots of chemistry between him and Liana. And what about Louise Fletcher?! Excellent. The actress who once played the horrid nurse Pratched (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest).. she performed wonderfully and was brilliantly cast.

So let's see what we have here. If you take all these things into account and you're not scared off by evangelism - not bad for a Sunday afternoon.


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