Penance (2009)

Inspired by actual events, Days of Darkness director\co-screenwriter Jake Kennedy's sophomore shocker tells the story of single mother Amelia (Marieh Delfino), who turns to stripping as a means of making ends meet and winds up the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: November 17, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

A fathomless echo chamber in which spiritual confusion and aggression keep turning into each other, and penance comes to sound like a very dark joke.

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Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist

"Penance" is a fascinating, expansive piece of work, albeit one that struggles to escape its TV origins on the big screen, and that can't quite stick the landing.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

In many ways, Penance plays like an object lesson in how a graceful sense of spacing and staging within the frame can overcome technical restrictions.

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Mike D'Angelo
The Dissolve

Consumed in one gigantic, four-and-a-half-hour gulp, it becomes painfully repetitive and monotonous.

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Simon Abrams
Village Voice

Effectively unnerving on a scene-for-scene basis thanks to writer/director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's preference for ambience over character-driven drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 17% Flixster User Reviews
Cameron Sherwell
'Penance' is one of those films that sells itself as being "one of the most sadistic films ever made" and being "Terrifying", what… More
Barry Lappin
Very nasty subject matter considering it is an adaptation of a supposedly true story. Very well acted, good overall film if a little confined. Felt like they… More
Gimly M.
On the one hand, it does take two separate horror sub-genres (Torture Porn & Found Footage) and mesh them together in a fairly unique way. But on the other… More
Shawn Montague
Interesting story, elements of SAW of course, another one of those films you just have to watch out of curiosity once it begins. an "ok" watch but… More