The Forgiven (2018)

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Racist. Prisoner. Murderer. Child of God.

Forest Whitaker and Eric Bana star in this prison thriller from two-time Oscar-nominated director Roland Joffé, set just after Apartheid's end.

When Archbishop Desmond Tutu is appointed to head a nationwide investigation, a notorious murderer (Bana) seeking clemency summons him to a maximum security prison. Once inside, Tutu is drawn into a life-changing battle with the cunning criminal.


Directed by

  • Roland Joffé('The Scarlet Letter', 'The Killing Fields', 'The Mission')

Drama, Thriller, True Story & Biography


South Africa, UK

Hollywood Reporter


The Forgiven tackles its important political and social issues in an overly talky fashion. The film has its merits, but it represents a significant comedown for the director of such classics as The Mission and The Killing Fields.

Los Angeles Times


Several powerful narratives vie for supremacy in the political drama "The Forgiven," but this sluggishly paced film's disparate parts never come together as a compelling whole.

New York Times


"The Forgiven" is heavy-handed from its early texts explaining apartheid through its end credits.

Screen International


There are several blisteringly powerful scenes which lend the picture's message of understanding and unity a weight and authority.

Variety (USA)


At least gives the Commission's heroic chairman, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, his due by placing him front and centre in its history - though it's debatable whether Forest Whitaker's glazed impersonation should be considered an honour.