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A South African police officer still haunted by the role he played in the brutal torture and murder of a young freedom fighter travels to the dying fishing town from which the boy came to beg the forgiveness of his grieving mother and father in first-time director Ian Gabriel's unflinching look at the crumbling emotional dams that came with the end of apartheid. Upon arriving in the crumbling town of Paternoster, ex-policeman Tertius Coetzee (Mummy star Arnold Vosloo) unleashes a suffocating torrent of despair and suppressed rage in the emotionally fragile Grootboom family. Though he has… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Everyone's sorry about something in this glum drama about the way repentance can do more damage than the sin that precedes it."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"More truth than reconciliation in post-Apartheid revenge flick."
‑ Kam Williams, EURWeb
"Though the film could have used better explainers for some of its talking heads...its message is as satisfying as the sweetest revenge."
‑ Maureen M. Hart, Chicago Tribune
"Gabriel and screenwriter Greg Latter tackle a thorny subject and do justice to its complexities for much of the film's running time, only succumbing to cliches of healing and closure at the end."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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