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  • Director

    John Michael McDonagh

  • Starring

    Jessica Chastain, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

  • Run Time

    117 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Language

    English, French, Arabic, Tamazight

  • Produced by: Elizabeth Eves, Nick Gordon, Trevor Matthews, John Michael McDonagh

  • Screenplay by: John Michael McDonagh, Lawrence Osbourne


The Forgiven

Part of the The Chamber Strand


EIFF is pleased to welcome John Michael McDonagh to Edinburgh this Summer to present The Forgiven and meet audiences in a post-screening Q&A.

Foul-mouthed David (Ralph Fiennes) and dry wit Jo (Jessica Chastain) are an unhappily married couple driving to an extravagant party in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains hosted by couple Richard and Dally (Matt Smith and Caleb Landry Jones). A sudden accident stops them in their tracks, forcing David to confront his own destructive urges. John Michael McDonagh (Calvary), who opened EIFF 2011 with The Guard, returns with a vivid satire of jet set decadence, balancing provocation with a more introspective turn. [15] Kate Taylor

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