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movie:  Sinner
Release date: 2007
Country: USA
Runtime: 105 min
Genre: drama
Directed by Marc Benardout
Nick Chinlund (Anthony Romano), Georgina Cates (Lil), Michael E. Rodgers (Father Stephen), Tom Wright (Officer Thomas)

"It is not good that man should be alone."--Genesis 2:18

Set in contemporary America in the wake of the Catholic sex scandal where entire dioceses went bankrupt and priests have become cultural pariahs, Father Anthony Romano faces the midlife crisis of his generation of clergy. When his young fundamentalist colleague clashes with a prostitute who preys on celibates, Father Romano intervenes with the police and provides asylum in his rectory to a woman named Lil. Soon, Father Romano finds his personal life invaded when this savvy hustler discovers a secret hes been hiding from his colleague, his parish and the outside world. Lil launches a blackmail scheme upon her host and the two become inextricable as they delve into their personal demons in this story of reconciliation, friendship and golf.


by Eric Campos (

Its hard out here for a Catholic priest. What with all of the claims of pedophilia and the resulting lawsuits and church closures, its no wonder that Catholic priests, true men of the cloth not souless child rapers, are having a hard time with their faith. Its tough times like these that require guidance from more than the crazy hippie in the sky. One would need a living flesh and blood human to draw inspiration and admonition from a muse if you will. A prostitute probably wouldnt be on the list of possible muses for a Catholic priest going through a mid-life faith crisis, but thats exactly who Father Anthony Romano taps to get his shit back together, and thus begins Marc Benardouts thorougly engaging "Sinner ". Fuckin AI mean, Amen!

Beaten down by near-bankruptcy, Father Anthony Romano finds himself in a tug of war with his partner Father Stephen, who at first appears to have the churchs best interests in focus, but its his brutal treatment of a female flesh hustler blowing through town that makes us realize that perhaps Father Stephen doesnt have all of his marbles gathered properly. And so, Father Anthony is drawn to Lil, a traveling prostitute preying on small town clergymen. He takes her in and soon finds himself being blackmailed for a little secret hes been keeping from the world. Damn those snakey prostitutes! But Father Anthony doesnt let this deter him from his goal of saving this lost soul, which would in turn get him back on track. Ultimately, you have two characters fighting to find the chinks in each others armor. What makes this struggle special is that these characters are played by two powerhouse actors who demand your attention.

"Sinner" excels on the awkward chemistry between Nick Chinlund as Father Anthony and Georgina Cates as Lil. You couldve had both of these actors in a movie selling hot dogs on Venice Beach and it wouldve been wholly riveting. The entire cast is great, but these two actors you would be proud of bringing home to mama and papa. The movie world needs more of them right now! Theyre dynamite! And so is Marc Benardouts entire production of "Sinner ". This is a helluva tight film that is bound to stir plenty of conversation. From one sinner to another - May "Sinner " rule!

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