Everybody’s sad about something in “Forgiveness,” a sad dramatization about the way contrition can accomplish more harm than the transgression that goes before it. Set in the little South African angling town of Paternoster, the motion picture goes with a white ex-cop (Arnold Vosloo) on his penitential excursion to the as yet lamenting group of a youthful dark man he murdered 10 years before.
The little girl of the family (a superbly harsh Quanita Adams) is suspicious of their guest’s thought processes. “You don’t need forgiveness; you simply need to be rebuffed,” she notes insightfully. Also, there is something uncomfortably masochistic in the man’s hangdog interruption into their lives.