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The Confession

December 13th, 2012

The Confession is a 10-part web series created by Kiefer Sutherland, written and directed by Brad Mirman, and starring Kiefer Sutherland and John Hurt. It premiered on Hulu on March 28, 2011. Each episode (or “chapter”) is between five and seven minutes long. It co-stars Daniel London, Max Casella, and Michael Badalucco.

Plot

The plot revolves around a hitman (Kiefer Sutherland – known simply as “The Confessor”) and a priest (John Hurt) discussing good and evil in a confessional on a snowy night.

The confessor tells the priest that he has killed many people and he is not sorry for it, because they deserved to die. He also states that he will kill tonight, unless the priest hears his confession.

At first the priest refuses to be involved in the confessor’s game, but after the confessor threatens the lives of the priest’s congregation, he agrees to hear him out.

Throughout the confession, we are shown flashbacks of the confessor’s killings, and times when he has been compassionate, letting his target live, or take their own life rather than being executed. In between the flashbacks, the confessor and the priest argue over whether people deserve to die, the existence of God, and whether the priest has ever sinned as badly as the confessor. The priest continually tries to get the confessor to admit that what he does is wrong, but the confessor is not looking for forgiveness.

After several flashbacks and arguments, the confessor forces the priest to reveal his worst sin. The priest confesses that he was once married, with a young son. He was an alcoholic, and the more he drank, the angrier he became, and directed his anger at his family. He would abuse his wife and son, which eventually led to his wife’s suicide. After an argument, she jumped off of their balcony, rather than face a lifetime of abuse. The priest also confessed to burning his son’s hand after the son broke his bottle of whiskey.

From that point on the dialog between the two gets even tenser, leading to un unpredictable ending.

Reception

According to the NY Times, the show is “crisp and attractive. The short nature of the episodes makes it easy for viewers to consume under time constrained environments. However, the overall effect of the show feels less like the beginning of something new but rather the end”. (Wikipedia)

You can buy “The Confession DVD” at Amazon.com

Trailer

Behind the Scenes

Interview of Kiefer Sutherland

A Conversation Between Kiefer Sutherland & John Hurt

The Confession – Capítulo 1

The Confession – Capítulo 2

The Confession – Capítulo 3

The Confession – Capítulo 4

The Confession – Capítulo 5

The Confession – Capítulo 6

The Confession – Capítulo 7

The Confession – Capítulo 8

The Confession – Capítulo 9

The Confession – Capítulo 10

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