• Publication date: June 16, 2009

The Last Sin Eater

From Wales in the old world, across the vast ocean to the new world and the promise of a new way. Yet the settlers in 1850s Appalachia seem to have carried a few superstitions from their old life. Young Cadi who is burdened with guilt over her sister's death, learns of the sin eater at her grandmother's funeral, as he bends over the body and whispers 'for your sins I pawn my soul'. Now Cadi's obsession is to get the Sin Eater to rid her of her sins- while she is still alive…

Program data

Duration: 115

Production Year: 2007

MBC 2:

September 8, 2012 03:10 (KSA) ~ September 8, 2012 02:10 (CLT)

Based on the 1998 Francine Rivers bestseller carrying the same name, The Last Sin Eater looks at Welsh settlers in Appalachia in the 1850s, and how they managed to transport, across to this new land of opportunity, some of their old pagan rituals and beliefs. In a way they have combined different elements of faiths of varying origins into a pseudo-pan-religion. One such pagan ritual they have kept in the new world is the sin eater- a man who lives apart from the community in dark solitude, that is until somebody dies. The Sin Eater then appears at the dead person's funeral to 'consume' their sins that the dead may finally rest in peace.

Despite all the warnings and admonitions not to look at the sin eater, out of fear that some of the sins he carries might spill into her soul, the young curious child does just that. And soon the image of the sin eater develops into an obsession with ten year old Cadi, to get this dark and mysterious man to 'consume' her own guilt for the death of her sister.

Yet around the same time Cadi starts looking for answers, a preacher arrives in Appalachia carrying a book that promises answers of its own. Ultimately who can offer Cadi the answers she desperately needs to find peace? And what will she unravel about her community and its ways on her journey for self-truth?

Starring :

  • Liana Liberato
  • Louise Fletcher
  • Henry Thomas
  • Peter Wingfield
  • Soren Fulton
  • Stewart Finlay-McLennan

Directed by : Michael Landon Jr.

Rating : PG-13 for thematic elements and some intense sequences of violence.