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The Penitent Man (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 29 March 2010 (USA)
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The Penitent Man tells the story of psychologist Dr. Jason Pyatt, a man devoted to his work - a man torn from his family. With his struggling marriage and mounting bills, Jason is at a ... See full summary »

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Nicholas Gyeney

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Cast

Credited cast:
Lance Henriksen ... Mr. Darnell
Lathrop Walker ... Dr. Jason Pyatt
Andrew Keegan ... Ovid Serrano
Melissa Roberts Melissa Roberts ... Evelyn Pyatt
Adrien Gamache ... The Shadowed Man
Nicholas Gyeney ... Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Michael Scott Edward Michael Scott ... The Florist (as E.M. Scott)
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The Penitent Man tells the story of psychologist Dr. Jason Pyatt, a man devoted to his work - a man torn from his family. With his struggling marriage and mounting bills, Jason is at a crossroads with the life he has chosen and the life he could have. When one of his clients - the mysterious Mr. Darnell - walks into his office and paints him a repentant tale of future economic and moral collapse, Jason's eyes are forever opened. With the help of his best friend Ovid, he embarks on a personal mission to change the course of his future, and possibly the world, forever. Written by Mirror Images LTD

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He knows the secret.

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Кающийся грешник See more »

Filming Locations:

Des Moines, Washington, USA See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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From concept to completion, The Penitent Man took only five months to produce. That is four months from beginning the script, to financing, to production, to post-production. See more »

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Mr. Darnell: Maybe you have as much reason to be on that couch as I do.
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Penitent Man: Quality Dialog and Setting
4 February 2010 | by diane-steinmeyerSee all my reviews

Penitent Man (2010) is a mostly contemporary drama with science fiction notes, in which well-known actors like Lance Henriksen and Andrew Keegan mingle seamlessly with local Seattle talent.

Without giving much of anything away, here's the story: Mr. Darnell (Lance Henriksen) tries to convey an unlikely message to Dr. Jason Pyatt (Lathrop Walker), which could potentially save his marriage, his life, and the lives of billions of people.

There were a couple of elements of this film that stood out for me. The first was the dialog, by which I mean the writing, sound design, and acting. Penitent Man is dialog heavy, but not to a fault. The writing flows with an enjoyable dramatic cadence and the back and forth between characters, especially those who disagree with one another, are captivating to watch and listen to. An aside: Henriksen is not only a good actor, but a great voice talent as well.

The other element of the film that really popped out for me was setting. While the film was shot in a short amount of time, on a small budget, the film manages to create a clear and cogent world, while also highlighting some great places in Seattle that hardly made it into cinema.

Overall I enjoyed the writing, sound/music, and settings of the film, and I felt engaged with the characters. The film was a quality creation and I was left thinking/talking about physics and "what ifs" for a few weeks afterward.

Go watch it already!


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