- Jessica Chastain, Ralph Fiennes, Abbey Lee, Matt Smith
- September 2nd 2022
- John Michael McDonagh
Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain play a wealthy couple who get involved in an accident on the way to a party in the Morocco desert.
Considering the A-list ensemble in John Michael McDonagh’s The Forgiven, it seems to have flown under the radar. Here’s all you need to know about the new drama.
The Forgiven tells the story of unhappily married couple David and Jo Henninger (Ralph Fiennes and Jessica Chastain), who accidentally hit and kill a young Moroccan boy while driving to a raucous party at their old friend Richard (Matt Smith)’s holiday home in the Sahara Desert.
While the local authorities seem happy to rule it an accident and sweep the incident under the rug, the boy’s father Abdellah (Ismael Kanater) turns up at the villa and demands that David returns with him to his village so he can be present when the boy is buried.
After David agrees to respect this custom, the film is split in two and switches back and forth between his tense journey with the intimidating Abdellah – is he going to kill him? – and the rich (mostly) white people...