The Last Sin Eater
In 1850’s Appalachia, 10-year-old Cadi feels responsible for her little sister’s death, so she searches out the one man she feels can take away her sin — The Sin Eater. But in her quest for redemption, Cadi uncovers a dark secret that threatens to divide her family and community. Ultimately, Cadi shows them the truth in Jesus, reminding us that the human condition is beyond human remedy: only Christ provides for the absolution of sin.
“The Last Sin Eater” is quite unlike any recent film we have seen. It starts out a bit creepy, incorporating religous as well as historical overtones. An elderly woman dies and, as has been the custom for many years, a shrouded man removes food which has been set on her corpse and eats it, signifying her sins have been removed and she can rest in peace. No one seems to question this bizarre ceremony which has gone on for so many years, until little Cadi Forbes comes along (excellently portrayed by Liana Liberato). Cadi feels guilt in the death of her younger sister and she believes her mother blames her for her sister’s death. A man of God (Henry Thomas) shows up, and he has the answer which Cadi has been searching for. Unfortunately, he soon discovers he has an angry and violent enemy to contend with.
This film does have several violent scenes in it, with little blood and quick camera cut-aways but the overall story and the eventual ending of the rituals allows Dove to award it our “Family-Approved” Seal.