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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.

Director:

Michael Landon Jr.

Writers:

Brian Bird (screenplay), Michael Landon Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louise Fletcher ... Miz Elda
Henry Thomas ... Man of God
Liana Liberato ... Cadi Forbes
Soren Fulton ... Fagan Kai
A.J. Buckley ... Angor Forbes
Stewart Finlay-McLennan ... Brogan Kai
Peter Wingfield ... The Sin Eater
Elizabeth Lackey ... Fia Forbes
Thea Rose ... Lilybet
Kim Myers ... Iona Kai
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick Gabrielle Fitzpatrick ... Bletsung McLeod
Valerie Wildman ... Gervase O'Dara
Anne Cullimore Decker Anne Cullimore Decker ... Granny Forbes
Michael Flynn ... Laochailand Kai
Molly Jepson Molly Jepson ... Elen Forbes
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis der kleinen Farm See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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
Composed by Mark McKenzie
Released by WORD Records
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Flawed but deeply felt
10 February 2007 | by donjmillerSee all my reviews

This is a film that requires some willing suspension of disbelief, since its makers seem possibly to be prey to the fallacy that it enough that Christian art be Christian. Which is not to say that they didn't get most of it right, just that their missteps are so avoidable. Fortunately, most (like the young star's unbelievably sumptuous wardrobe) weren't major distractions for me. But the crudeness of the special effects scenes (which, thankfully, are brief) did disrupt my experience, as I wondered, "What were they thinking that this looked right to them?"

Most of the cast does a truly fine job, with all the central characters (the Forbes family and Fagan Kai) getting moving, heartfelt and convincing performances from their players. There's a relationship here between quantity of screen time and quality, so the minor characters remain pretty two-dimensional, though not distractingly so.

The cinematography (except for special effects, as noted) is beautiful and effective, and successfully evokes the feeling of confining, dense Appalachian woods and isolation.

Bottom line: despite its minor shortcomings, this is an effective, affecting, non-preachy and original retelling of one of the central concepts of Christianity.


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