January 21, 2022


Showing: Wednesday, March 25 – 8:00 PM
Year: 2019
Country: USA

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An absorbing character study that pulls us into the various ways in which people facing impossible ethical circumstances strive to achieve some state of grace. This is a dense, emotional film crafted with restraint and precision, drawing performances that illuminate the internal grappling of people searching for redemption. Rare, sensitive, and observant, it confronts the complex and often contradictory relationship between good intentions, unrequited desires, and what it means to be sanctioned to kill. 2019, USA, 112 minutes, rated R

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Grand Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2019

“If you want to see what great acting is, watch Alfre Woodard deliver a master class in Clemency.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Sometimes acting seems like possession. That’s how Alfre Woodard’s performance in Clemency feels as she violently sweeps you up with the force of her talent. It takes a while before you grasp how deep she’s gone.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“Above all else, Clemency is a supreme actors’ showcase, backed by a director of fine-tuned emotional intelligence and a cinematographer who understands the depth and beauty of black skin tones. . . . Here is an actor in full command of her skills, underscoring the fact that Alfre Woodard’s awards-season snubbing is a travesty.” — Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture

“It’s a sterling piece of American Realism, powered by the transfixing spectacle of a great actor at the peak of her powers.” — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times