The Penitent (1988)

PG-13   |    |  Drama

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Tension between a jealous husband, his wife who's attracted to his friend and the friend is rising as their small, deeply catholic, Mexican village is deciding who will be Christ during the possibly dangerous reenactment of the Crucifixion.


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11 January 2006 | visionseas
| Penitent
I enjoyed this movie years ago, but it's so obscure that few know of it.

I witnessed this activity depicted in this movie first hand while in Taxco , Mexico.....very dramatic! The local people here wear hoods over their heads and carry heavy splintered logs across their bare backs. While walking through the streets like this, other townspeople throw stones at them, some dressing like Romans during the time of Jesus. The ones doing penitents volunteer for this, as they feel that doing so will increase their chances of being accepted and forgiven by God after they die. I have always like Raul and Armand Assante. I thought these 2 actors played off of each other well. I also enjoyed the setting of the movie being in Mexico, as it is beautiful to film in.


Release Date:

27 May 1988



Country of Origin

Mexico, USA

Filming Locations

Pozos, Guanajuato, Mexico

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