The Forgiven (2022)

The Forgiven (2022)

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BAFTA-nominated filmmaker John Michael McDonagh (Calvary) adapts Lawrence Osborne's novel about a random accident that affects the lives of the local Muslims and Western visitors to a house party in a grand villa. Stars Jessica Chastain, Matt Smith, Ralph Fiennes and Caleb Landry Jones. More

David (Fiennes) and Jo Henniger (Chastain), a couple in search of an escape from their less-than-happy lives in London, accept the invitation of their old friends Richard (Smith) and Dally (Jones) to attend a bacchanal at their luxurious home deep in the Moroccan desert. But as a drunken David navigates the dark desert roads, a young man springs from the roadside, the car swerves and hits him.

Meanwhile, festivities at the house are in full flow. Under the watchful eyes of their Moroccan staff, the extravagant hosts attend to the whims of their glittering, insatiable guests as the party rages on. The stage is set for a weekend in which David and Jo must come to terms with their fateful act and its shattering consequences.

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2022Rating: MA15+, Strong coarse language117 minsUSAHouse of Un-American Activities
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The Forgiven (2022) | Reviews

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It’s a strange watch – unsure of itself at times, hugely, bullishly confident at others – but one that’s never less than curiously compelling...

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Amid the film’s hedonistic party sequences and jittery coked-out banter... a far meaner moral streak cuts through McDonagh’s lengthy, sprawling movie.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Whatever satire of white elite society is intended by The Forgiven has been blunted by monotony.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

It moves at a steady clip and is loaded with biting humour and sharp observations...

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

The film adopts a pathology similar to Lucrecia Martel’s The Headless Woman, but is decidedly less effective at surveying social strata.

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Variety

Variety

Undeniably wicked yet deliciously prickly in its portrayal of adult affairs...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Scripted, directed and acted with intelligence and panache, it’s a very grown-up film but never a bore...

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

Tthe storytelling ends up a little too murky to be the grand commentary on privilege and exploitation McDonagh intends.

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The Forgiven (2022) | Release Details

The Forgiven (2022) is now playing in 67 cinemas in Australia.