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The Confessor

3.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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This chilling psychological drama stars Christian Slater (True Romance, Interview with a Vampire), Molly Parker (TV's "Deadwood", The Center of the World) and Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, The End of the Affair), and tells the story of a priest who fights to clear the name of a fellow priest accused of murder only to find out that the truth will test his faith to the limit and put his only trust in the woman he let go.

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  • Actors: Christian Slater, Molly Parker, Stephen Rea, Gordon Pinsent, Nancy Beatty
  • Directors: Lewin Webb
  • Producers: Gary Howsam
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E3L7DW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Christian Slater pulls off his character well. He doesn't push the "Jesus" envelope at all.

Stephen Rea - Gives a grand performance, just occult enough to cause an eyebrow raise.

Gordon Pinsent - Weak, but villainous enough to be entertaining.

Nancy Beatty - A great bitch! She's mean, but one can "feel" an underbelly of self cruelty as well.

The writing is intelligent and doesn't push the religious faction of the film at all. God and organized religion are subtexts to the main plot of the film. This type of film usually leaves the watcher with a feeling of being "Bible Thumped" for two hours. This film doesn't. It meanders through the reality of the church and it's true reality of humanism. The characters are well written and acted without the usual over dramatic scenes. This film is convoluted but it entertains. It's a drama yes, but more so an low paced action film within the genre of suspense. A great ending as well leaves you nicely entertained.

This film is entertaining. It's not overtly memorable, but it's fun and thought provoking. You'll enjoy it, once.
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Some films are like spaghetti with red sauce at your favorite joint. They don't pretend to be haute cuisine, but with any luck they're filling and don't repeat on you. The Confessor fills the bill. It's tightly written, well acted and shot with no waste or indulgence. Though this film's plot and themes are provocative, it handles them without sensation and exploitation. Instead, we're given quiet thoughtful scenes peopled with believable characters.

The Confessor is kept blissfully brief, permitting only the scenes necessary to illuminate Slater's character and the mystery that's forcing him to question his self concept. This film is as much a character study as a thriller and Slater is very credible as the cleric-capitalist "hero". Fleshing out the script's sparse strokes with admirable restraint, he manages to keep us positively interested in a character that we'd otherwise disdain or disengage from.

The direction and cinematography are competent but unembellished, offering only a few poetic / artistic shots. The two that spring to mind are: the wine pouring shot with Slater and Rea, and Slater's end of day offload of his personal items. (He places his Rolex watch and Day Planner next to his Bible on the lectern in his somewhat lavish domicile.)

Unlike many films of its genre, The Confessor offers neither writhing scenes of moral agony nor bombastic out-of-character heroics. Thematically, the film permits viewers to select the polemic in which they wish to engage: the role of the church in a secular world, the role of the cleric within the church, or simply, the inevitable waning of youthful passion and what to do about it. Still, some may find this film boring, so if you're scared off by the phrase character study, then stay away from this film.
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"The Confessor" is a 2004 Canadian movie of middling quality, filmed with modest, if quite adequate, financing. The movie is alternatively entitled, confusingly, "The Good Shepherd", a monicker that it shares with a much better known motion picture, a quite different one, released within two years (in 2006) of its own date and which has a more uniformly illustrious cast (Damon, Jolie, de Niro, Baldwin). The big name in the cast of 2004's "The Confessor" (a.k.a. "The Confessor") is Christian Slater (portraying Fr. Daniel) and among the rest of the cast, Gordon Pinsent is perhaps the most celebrated name. The acting in "The Confessor" is really rather good; its main problem, to the extent that it has any, lie in the script itself and in that, for this viewer at least, "The Confessor" just is not a particularly interesting specimum of the cinematic art.

The really major fault involves the perpetrator of the murders in the film. As I e-mailed a friend who was wondering what I thought of the movie, I stated, concerning its plot (quoting myself loosely), that "I am too confused, however, about who the killer is to figure the movie out and I really don't want to have to watch it over again to understand that. I just barely remember seeing the killer, McCaran (played by Stephen Rea), earlier in the film, but I forget who he is", the murderer being such a minor character (so it deceptively had seemed earlier in the movie) that by the time that he takes the spotlight in the confrontation between himself and nosy Fr. Daniel (Slater), one has forgotten who McCaran is! My buddy had exactly the same problem!
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GUESS not being Catholic makes it easier for me to like this show
Nice plot and twist - not predictable, or at least I didn't see it coming
Short and sharp - 90 minutes
Attention deficit so get annoyed with indulgent film-makers who come up with shows close to or exceeding 120 minutes

Good casting for Father Daniel

Nice location, Hamilton in Canada I think
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