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Sinner (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama | 26 March 2007 (USA)
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When a fundamentalist Catholic priest clashes with a prostitute, a disillusioned pastor faces a crisis of faith, love and golf.

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Marc Benardout

Writer:

Steven Sills
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Credited cast:
Nick Chinlund ... Anthony Romano
Georgina Cates ... Lil
Michael E. Rodgers ... Stephen
Brad Dourif ... Caddie
Tom Wright ... Officer Thomas
Vincent Terzian Vincent Terzian ... Gas Station Attendant (as Vincent Terziano)
Amanda Carlin ... Clara Seaview
Melissa Sills Melissa Sills ... Parishioner
Wayne Morse ... Police Officer
Valentina Castellani ... Italian woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Sabbah ... Policemen #1
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Hidden away in small town America, in an anemic parish on the brink of bankruptcy, Father Anthony Romano finds himself at a mid-career crisis in the wake of both his personal conflicts and the real world scandals that have left the Catholic Church an anathema to so many. When his junior colleague, a fundamentalist named Stephen, clashes with a prostitute who preys on Catholic priests, Anthony finds his private world invaded and his deepest secrets exposed by a modern day Mary Magdalene. Written by Steven Sills

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Forgive us our trespasses

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Drama

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Not Rated
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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Emir Isilay (BMI)
Performed by Emir Isilay and Andrew Campbell
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Brilliant. Can't believe I'm only the second person on here to review this gem.

Sinner is a 2007 indie buried in the depths of obscurity, and defined by its very bold choice to cast an actor in the lead role whose career so far has been so different from the type of character he plays here, it's a true blessing for fans to see him in this new light. The actor in question is Nick Chinlund, a rough looking bruiser with a filmography almost entirely made up of villainous creeps, grizzled detectives and other assorted hardcases (see Con Air, Training Day, The X Files and The Chronicles Of Riddick for his most critically celebrated work). Here he drops every trait he's been known for, playing small town catholic priest Anthony Romano, a man with a troubled past and an almost bankrupt parish who is facing an internal crisis, only made worse by the arrival of skanky grifter Lil (Georgina Cates) who preys on celibate priests, amongst other bottom-feeding life choices. After an incident involving Romano's lecherous fellow preacher, he allows Lil to take refuge from the police in his rectory, against better judgment. She's a nasty piece of work at first and Cates's performance is far too over the top, only simmering down to meet the character arc in the script long after it calls for action, making her work too little, too late, yet still rather affecting. Chinlund is nothing short of mesmerizing, giving Romano the internal conflict and vulnerability the character deserves, which is not an easy task when one considers the complex nature of the writing. Underrated doesn't begin to describe this actor, and lately I've been sad to see he hasn't been given many roles that are worthy of his talent. I've searched far and wide for Sinner many years, finally finding an amazon seller who would send me a copy. I loved it, and it made me so happy to see Chinlund get the kind of role that goes against the grain of much of his work. Romano uses the sort of golf as a release from priestly and personal hardships, the script using lots of golfer's lingo as sly similes for his personal issues. Tagging along with him is his scrappy and seemingly imaginary Caddy, played by Brad Dourif. Dourif can make any role, and I mean any, into pure magic with his dedication to the craft. Seeing him and Chinlund share a few wonderful scenes with bushels of chemistry was a nerd's dream come true for me, and part of the reason I searched so long for a copy of this film. For casuals this may be a bit offbeat to really sink into, but for fans of the actors and idiosyncratic indie flicks, this is a bona fide goldmine.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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