The Forgiven

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Certificate18
Year2021
GenreDrama
DirectorJohn Michael McDonagh
WritersJohn Michael McDonagh
LanguageEnglish, Arabic, French
CountryUK, USA, Canada
Running Time1HR 57MINS
SeasonMain Programme

Writer-director John Michael McDonagh (The Guard, Calvary) presents an entertaining and darkly comic adaptation of Lawrence Osborne's thriller novel featuring bold performances from Jessica Chastain and Ralph Fiennes.

Speeding through the Moroccan desert to attend an old friend’s lavish weekend party, wealthy Londoners David and Jo Henninger (Fiennes and Chastain) are involved in a tragic accident with a local teenage boy. Arriving late at the grand villa with the debauched party raging, the couple attempts to cover up the incident with the collusion of the local police. But when the boy’s father arrives seeking justice, the stage is set for a tension-filled culture clash in which David and Jo must come to terms with their fateful act and its shattering consequences.

"[This] wonderful film noir feels like something straight out of the 1940s...holds us in its grips until the very last frame." -  Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times