The Forgiven

Violence, sexual references and offensive language Rated on: 09 June 2022

The Forgiven

What’s it about?

Based on the novel by Lawrence Osborne, The Forgiven is a drama film that follows the fallout of a hit-and-run accident in the Atlas Mountain of Morocco. It stars Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain and Matt Smith.

The facts

  • Director: John Michael McDonagh
  • English language
  • Runtime: 117 minutes

Why did it get this rating?

The film contains low-level violence, sexual material and occasional offensive language. The content is unlikely to harm younger viewers but the subject matter is more suitable for adults.


The film features a few sexual references, one scene of implied sexual activity, and brief buttock nudity.


A hit-and-run accident and a shooting are briefly shown, with little detail. A brief clip of bloody violence on a television screen is shown.

Offensive language

Offensive language is used casually on occasion. One character makes derogatory racial remarks, but his attitude changes for the better as the film progresses.

Further information

The Forgiven is set to screen as part of the 2022 Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival.

It also screened at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.

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