The Last Sin Eater (film)
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Michael Landon Jr.
Michael Landon Jr.
writer = Novel:
Michael Landon Jr.
Liana Liberato Louise Fletcher Henry Thomas
Michael Landon Jr.
9 February 2007(USA)
runtime = 117 min
country = USA
language = English
budget = $2,200,000 (estimated)
gross = $379,643 (USA)
website = http://www.foxfaithmovies.com/thelastsineater/
imdb_id = 0810928
"The Last Sin Eater" is a story that takes place in 1850s
Appalachia. Ten-year-old Cadi's grief over the death of her beloved grandmother, the only person who seemed to love her unconditionally, is compounded by a previous family tragedy for which she believes her family blames her. While at her grandmother's grave, Cadi sees the " sin-eater," a human who absolves the residents of the tiny Smoky Mountain community of their sins. Somehow Cadi comes to realize that the sin eater is false and learns of Jesus, and her conversion to Christianityleads to a reconciliation with her family.
Henry Thomas... Man of God
Louise Fletcher... Miz Elda
Liana Liberato... Cadi Forbes
Soren Fulton... Fagan Kai
Stewart Finlay-McLennan... Brogan Kai
Peter Wingfield... The Sin Eater
"The Last Sin Eater" was released in 429 theaters, and stayed in the theater for 2 weeks. According to
Box Office Mojothe film grossed only $388,390 in these 14 days. However, the film earned $246,483 in its opening weekend (63.5% of total income).Cite web|url=http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=lastsineater.htm|title=Box Office Mojo -The Last Sin Eater|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=August 30|publisher=boxofficemojo.com|year=2007|author=boxofficemojo.com|language=English]
"The Last Sin Eater" received mixed reviews, but despite a favorable one from the
New York Times, some smaller print outlets were less than enthusiastic. The New York Timesgave The Last Sin Eater a positive review.Cite web|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/09/movies/09last.html?ex=1202619600&en=8d5a041cc58311c1&ei=5083&partner=Rotten%20Tomatoes|title=Sins Devoured, Hope Restored|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=August 30|publisher=The New York Times|year=2007|author=Matt Zoller Seitz|language=English] Critic Matt Zoller Seitzwrote: " "Handsomely produced, earnestly performed and 100 percent irony-free, "The Last Sin Eater" is religious art for mainstream consumption." " The review gave credit to the direction and photography: "The movie is a big-screen Sunday school story with sumptuous scenery, graceful crane shots and Rembrandt lighting — designed mainly to impart and then repeat wisdom about guilt, sin and redemption — this can't really be considered a flaw." Surprisingly, the film received negatives from some Bible Beltpapers. One criticizing the films "Christian message", South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "With its dulling straightforward pitch for Jesus, The Last Sin Eater seems like the worst of films from a non-born-again perspective." The other was negative about the direction: "The camera always seems to be too far off when you wish to get a better look and too close when you wish that it would point at anything other than what’s in the frame." ( Austin Chronicle) Cite web|url=http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Calendar/Film?Film=oid%3a443306|title=The Last Sin Eater review|accessyear=2007|accessmonthday=August 30|publisher=Austin Chronicle|year=2007|author=Marjorie Baumgarten |language=English] However, Reel Talkcritic Betty Joe Tuckerwas impressed by the cinematography: "This extremely well-photographed film establishes a compelling “you are there” atmosphere. It also boasts impressive performances by children and adult actors alike. Liana Liberato, who plays Cadi, is a real find. Because of the intensity and vulnerability she projects." ( Reel Talk) cite web | url=http://www.reeltalkreviews.com/browse/viewitem.asp?type=review&id=2035| title=Secrets and Sins | publisher=ReelTalk movie reviews | author=Betty Jo Tucker | year=2007 | accessmonthday=November 13 | accessyear=2007 | language=English] Additionally, Variety complimented the look of the film: "Pic was attractively lensed by Robert Seaman in Utahlocales that adequately double for Appalachianmountain country." Variety cite web | url=http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117932724.html?categoryid=31&cs=1&query=the+last+sin+eater | title=The Last Sin Eater review | accessyear=2007 | accessmonthday=February 8 | publisher=Variety | year=2007 | author=Joe Leydon | language=English]
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