Forgiveness

113mins2004DramaTVMA
director
Ian Gabriel
starring
Jeremy CrutchleyArnold VoslooChristo DavidsQuanita AdamsZane Meas Denise Newman
An unknown man arrives in the windswept town of Paternoster on the South African Atlantic West Coast. Stranded in the dark mire of a secret past, the mystery of who the man is, why his presence is feared, and what purpose he brings to the town, all combine to make a faceted elegiac and moving film of betrayal, resolution and revenge.
 
Granted amnesty for crimes committed in the past ex-South African cop Tertius Coetzee (Arnold Vosloo) still feels shackled by the sheer weight of his sins.
 
An unrelenting quest for closure plunges the family of one of his victims into a furnace of personal emotion. Inclined at first to drive Coetzee away the family becomes involved in a plot to keep him in the town to avenge the death of their son. Their quest triggers the road-trip of three friends equally intent on revenge.
 
The film's classic "Western" genre damaged anti-hero draws all who confront him into a morally ambiguous universe where murder offers release and betrayal points the way to freedom.

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