How do you salvage your marriage when you are struggling to salvage your soul, your sense of self, and your sense of right and wrong? Bernadine Williams (Oscar-nominee Alfre Woodard, 12 Years a Slave) is a prison warden who, over the years, has been drifting away from her husband while dutifully carrying out executions in a maximum security prison.
“Woodard’s nuanced, deeply felt performance dominates this devastating drama.” – Benjamin Lee, Guardian
When she strikes up a unique bond with death-row inmate Anthony Woods (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton), a layer of emotional skin is peeled back, forcing Bernadine to confront the complex—and often contradictory—relationship between good intentions, unrequited desires, and what it means to be sanctioned to kill. A rare, sensitive, and deeply observant drama, Clemency offers a penetrating character study that pulls into deep focus the various ways in which people facing impossible ethical circumstances strive to achieve some state of grace. Winner of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. (Dir. by Chinonye Chukwu, 2019, USA, 113 mins., Rated R)
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