First Glance: “The Forgiven”

“The Forgiven” is the latest movie from writer-director John Michael McDonagh, the filmmaker behind 2014’s stellar “Calvary”. Here he leads an electric cast featuring Ralph Fiennes and recent Oscar winner Jessica Chastain. The film also stars Matt Smith, Caleb Landry Jones, Saïd Taghmaoui, Christopher Abbott, and Ismael Kanatar. “The Forgiven” premiered last September at the Toronto International Film Festival and is finally set to be released via Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment.

The story follows a wealthy couple (Fiennes and Chastain) who hit and kill a young local while driving to a friends wedding in a remote section of Morocco. Instead of notifying the authorities, the couple load the body into their car and take it to their friend’s (Smith) home. And the cover up begins. But when the young man’s grieving father unexpectedly shows up, the couple come face-to-face with the consequences for their choices. This looks to be a sharp and candid haves vs. have-nots story, and I’m interested to see how far McDonagh goes with it.

“The Forgiven” hits theaters July 1st. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

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