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The Penitent Man (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 29 March 2010 (USA)
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A young analyst talks with an old man claiming to be from the future - a dystopian future.


Nicholas Gyeney


Nicholas Gyeney (screenplay), Nicholas Gyeney (story) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Lance Henriksen ... Mr. Darnell
Lathrop Walker ... Dr. Jason Pyatt
Andrew Keegan ... Ovid Serrano
Melissa Roberts Melissa Roberts ... Evelyn Pyatt
Adrien Gamache 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)


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.


Drama | Sci-Fi


Not Rated

Did You Know?


In the flower shop scene, an actor can be seen wearing a t-shirt with the words "The Falling" written across it. This is the title of Director Nicholas Gyeney's first film, which he shot when he was just 19 years old. See more »


The $100 bills brought back from the future, Series 2065, have the signature of Anna Escobedo Cabral, who was U.S. Treasurer from January 19, 2005 to January 20, 2009. See more »


Mr. Darnell: Humankind had acquired all the information it could ever desire, and it was maddening. Once you put the power of God into the people's hands, they don't believe in anything anymore but themselves.
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17 September 2013 | by bml84See all my reviews

If you've seen K-Pax then you'll know what it's like when a film with a great premise and fully committed wonderful actors manages to create a reverse alchemy- a movie which is less than the sum of its parts.

Lance is intense and fascinating to watch as ever, and his face carries the burden of world weary regret wonderfully, but no-one else can quite reach the bar he sets.

The two-handed sessions are interesting, but never quite reach the heights of true insight, being entertaining rather than revelatory.

The main theme of the nature of Fate is fascinating, and the premise sound, but as others have noticed it would have made for a wonderful 30 minutes rather than a rather laborious 90.

Watch it by all means, but see it as a dress rehearsal for a potential classic short film rather than the rather vapid exercise it turns out to be.

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Release Date:

29 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vezeklő férfi See more »

Filming Locations:

Des Moines, Washington, USA See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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