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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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$2,200,000 (estimated)

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$246,483, 11 February 2007, Limited Release

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$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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According to ancient Celtic tradition, a "sin eater" is a person chosen by lottery to take the transgressions of others onto his soul so that the newly deceased can pass over to the great-beyond free of the stain of iniquity.

"The Last Sin Eater," the latest offering from FoxFaith Films (the branch of Twentieth Century Fox Studios that specializes in Christian-friendly movie-making) is a well-meaning but leaden and strangely eclectic work, sort of "The Village" meets "The Old Time Gospel Hour" meets "Little House on the Prairie" (no surprise in this last one, since the movie was directed and co-written by Michael Landon Jr.). Cali Forbes is a sweet-natured young girl, growing up in early 19th Century Appalachia, who believes that a mysterious hooded hermit - the local "sin-eater" - will be able to take away the guilt she feels over "causing" the death of her little sister in a river accident. She spends most of the movie seeking him out, much to the consternation of her parents and the myriad "colorful" folk who inhabit their little cove. However, it isn't until Cali encounters a wandering preacher (played by E.T.'s now-grownup buddy, Henry Thomas) that she learns who the "true" sin-eater really is (though one wonders how anyone in this particular time and place can be as woefully ignorant about the gospel as the people here seem to be).

Although the first half of the movie achieves a certain portentous creepiness in its tone and atmosphere, once the evangelist shows up, the movie devolves into an overwrought melodrama, marked by stilted dialogue, holier-than-thou speechifying and heavy-handed sentimentality. The acting, even on the part of Thomas and Louise Fletcher, is generally amateurish and wooden, although young Liana Liberato as Cali has a natural dignity and poise that work well on screen. And, oh yes, the scenery is eye-popping and gorgeous.

Based on the novel by Francine Rivers, "The Last Sin Eater" clearly has its heart in the right place, but good intentions alone can't make it a satisfying movie.


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