FORGIVENESS

In Honor of Africa
South Africa / 2004 / English, Afrikaans dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 112 minutes
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Using the conventions of the Western, <I>Forgiveness </I>is an adroit examination of betrayal and revenge in post-apartheid South Africa. An unknown man arrives in the dilapidated and impoverished town of Paternoster on the west coast. Granted amnesty for crimes committed in the past, he is ex-cop Tertius Coetzee (Arnold Vosloo), still weighed down by his sins. He seeks out the family of the political activist he murdered and asks their forgiveness. 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, triggering the road-trip of three friends intent on revenge. But as Coetzee's murder draws near, there are unexpected moments of connection between killer and family. Perhaps his death will not bring them the closure they so desperately need.

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