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Quiet and sincere 9-year-old Sam is worried about making his first confession. His conscience is clear, therefore he cannot hope for any relief from the experience. He and his friend Jacob ... See full summary »

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Tanel Toom

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Caroline Bruckner, Tanel Toom (idea)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Lewis Howlett Lewis Howlett ... Sam
Joe Eales Joe Eales ... Jacob
James Simmons ... Priest
Gemma Atkins Gemma Atkins ... Teacher
Aran Bell Aran Bell ... Sam's Father
Helen Hull Helen Hull ... Sam's Mother
Becky Hull Becky Hull ... Sam's Sister
Corrine Millson-Crane Corrine Millson-Crane ... Woman in Car
Sonu Louis ... Man in Car
Evelyn Millson-Crane Evelyn Millson-Crane ... Child in Car
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Quiet and sincere 9-year-old Sam is worried about making his first confession. His conscience is clear, therefore he cannot hope for any relief from the experience. He and his friend Jacob decide to remedy that situation, but their initially innocent prank turns unexpectedly tragic. Written by Anonymous

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12 June 2010 (USA) See more »

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Unexpected gem
8 February 2011 | by matzuckerSee all my reviews

You can trust the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to introduce you to some very worthwhile short filmmaking with their nominees each year, films that would have otherwise never reached an audience outside of the festival circuit. This one is a particularly outstanding choice, among the very best the short film categories at the Oscars have offered in recent years.

The 26-minute picture, which looks and sounds as good or better than many a costly feature production, begins as one would expect from conventional short film fare: Two kids in a whimsical situation. As anyone raised in the Catholic faith could testify, not knowing quite what to say during your first confession is a dilemma equally absurd and real. But expectations are turned on their heads by what the script spins out of this idea. A few minutes in, the viewer realizes he has committed a sin himself by summarily throwing the film in with all those others which content themselves with milking their singular observation for merely the humor and cuteness of it, especially when there are child actors involved. Not so here, as soon enough "The Confession" turns into a chilling, compelling drama that ultimately leaves one with questions about what faith can lead people to do. In the best short film tradition, the film gets there with surprising storytelling and a resonating message.

Extraordinary acting from the leads, elegant and sober directing, exquisite cinematography. Highest recommendation.


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