The Forgiven

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The Forgiven takes place over a weekend in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and explores the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of both the local Muslims, and Western visitors to a house party in a grand villa.

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Sep 18, 2021

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

Metacritic review by Mark Hanson
Mark Hanson
Slant Magazine
Sep 17, 2021

Chastain pulls focus whenever she can, operating as one of the film’s main resources of levity and acerbic bite. I wish the movie had more of that energy—McDonagh keeps the proceedings oddly muted given the circumstances—but at least Chastain is there, pepping things up a bit.

Richard Lawson
Vanity Fair
Sep 17, 2021

Dark and unsettling, The Forgiven doesn’t ask us to like its characters, but it forces us to watch as privilege begins to shatter and people for whom everything feels inconsequential have to deal with consequences.

Metacritic review by Steve Pond
Steve Pond