<em>The Forgiven</em>

The Forgiven

The Forgiven

Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival 2022
  • Thu 18 Aug 2022
  • 6:30—8:30PM
  • Len Lye Cinema
  • Rating: M
  • In line with current New Zealand restrictions for cinemas, conditions of entry to all Cinema screenings under the Covid-19 Protection Framework are:
  • o Face coverings to be worn
  • Booking recommended
  • As there is no allocated seating doors open 15 minutes before screenings, please come early to avoid disappointment
  • To minimise disruption no admittance to cinema 10 minutes after session starts
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • A Coded Sessions
  • Sessions starting after 5.00 pm weekdays, all weekend sessions
  • (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Full Price: $17.50
  • Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Community Services Card/Students: $15.00
  • Senior (65+)/Child (15 and under) $13.00
  • B Coded Sessions
  • Sessions starting before 5.00 pm weekdays or of a shorter duration and others as indicated.
  • Full Price: $14.50
  • Film Society/Film Industry Guilds/Community Services Card/Students: $13.00
  • Senior (65+)/Child (15 and under) $13.00

Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain headline a star cast dealing with the fallout from a debauched weekend in Morocco in John Michael McDonagh’s blackly comic skewering of privilege.
“Undeniably wicked yet deliciously prickly in its portrayal of adult affairs, The Forgiven takes place in Morocco, where life is cheap, but some things – like decency, respect and a clean conscience – can’t be bought.” — Peter Deburge, Variety

“Based on a 2012 Lawrence Osborne novel that might well have been set (with only small changes) many decades earlier, John Michael McDonagh’s The Forgiven watches rich Westerners treat Morocco like their playground, scarcely noticing the poverty and disapproval surrounding their opulent parties. Imperialist-grade entitlement goes only so far in the modern world, though, and when one partyer accidentally kills a local teen, some kind of accommodation is going to have to be made. Scripted, directed and acted with intelligence and panache, it’s a very grown-up film but never a bore, a morally alert drama that leaves the scolding to us.” — John Defore, Hollywood Reporter

“Jessica Chastain and Ralph Fiennes lead a stellar ensemble cast in this wild foray into opulence, sin, and reckoning set deep in the Moroccan desert… McDonagh applies a Felliniesque lens towards the bourgeoisie, showing how their vapid pursuits prey on (or ignore) the livelihoods of others, sometimes with deadly results. The shimmer of these events, contrasted with the bleakness of the working class and Moroccan help who observe from the periphery, allows McDonagh to explore fatalistic themes of hedonism, neocolonialism, and the negligence of privilege.” — Toronto International Film Festival 2021

2021 | Drama | 117 min | Dir. John Michael McDonagh

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