Avi Brickman is a middle-aged man still broken from the tragic death of his eight-year-old daughter five years earlier. When he is suddenly fired from his job, a thin threaded lifeline to his shattered existence, he decides to kill himself in the very home where the accident occurred. However, when he arrives at the isolated house in the woods, he finds a woman and her young daughter taking shelter there. During one long night, in his confused state of mind, he is haunted by the ghosts of his past as he confronts his guilt and pain to a cathartic and unexpected conclusion.

Director's Statement

We connect ourselves to people, family, friends, and love them. They become a part of us. Then, when we lose that person, especially prematurely, that tragic loss can become overwhelming. A sense of confusion and lack of grounding suddenly shrouds us and moving forward with our own life can become pointless and nearly impossible; the pain, often too much to bear. We will never get over it. We can’t get over it, and that person is never forgotten. In The Forgiving, our main character, Avi Brickman, has suffered deeply from such a tragedy. We follow Avi as he confronts his guilt and pain head-on, and witness his ultimate salvation, not as a sugar coated fantasy of what we’d like, but as a reality, with all it’s imperfections and complexities. Here is a film that embodies Samuel Beckett’s notion, “​I can’t go on, I’ll go on.​” Hard, is an understatement, but wholly possible and ultimately vital. ​The Forgiving​ is an emotional exploration that gives us hope in the harsh reality of tragedy.

David J. Stern


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