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The Forgiven

Directed by John Michael McDonagh
2021
UK
117 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain star in this blackly comic study of clashing cultures by the inimitable John Michael McDonagh (The Guard, SFF 2011; Calvary, SFF 2014).
David (Fiennes), a drunken British surgeon, and his American author wife Jo (Chastain, Oscar winner, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, SFF 2021) are on the brink of separation. Still, they decide to attend an opulent party in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains hosted by gay couple Richard (Matt Smith, The Crown) and Dally (Caleb Landry Jones, Nitram). En route, David runs over a boy selling fossils by the roadside. Callously, David puts the body into his car, and drives on. Next day, the boy’s father arrives, demanding David accompany him to his son’s funeral in a distant village. But the party must go on... In ways only he can, McDonagh skewers the privileged while juxtaposing the lives of ordinary people in a neo-colonial society.
A first-rate dramatisation of the friction between ancient mores and modern privilege.
John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter
Undeniably wicked yet deliciously prickly in its portrayal of adult affairs, The Forgiven takes place in Morocco, where life is cheap, but some things — like decency, respect and a clean conscience – can’t be bought.
Peter Debruge, Variety

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Fri 10 Jun
8:30pm
Ritz Cinemas Randwick - Cinema 1
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Fri 17 Jun
8:30pm
State Theatre
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Sun 19 Jun
6:45pm
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne - Cinema 4
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Program Strand
Special Presentations
Year
2021
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
UK
Language
In English, Arabic, French and Tamazight with English subtitles
Director
John Michael McDonagh
Producer
Elizabeth Eves, John Michael McDonagh, Trevor Matthews, Nick Gordon
Cast
Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Matt Smith
Screenwriter
John Michael McDonagh
Cinematographer
Larry Smith
Editor
Elizabeth Eves
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Literary & Adaptations, Comedies
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman/Universal
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