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Perfect Contrition

A traumatized priest haunted by visions of his violent past obligingly serves a rural parish while indulging in a long distance affair, but his vindictive compulsion is sparked when he’s wrongly blamed for the deaths of two troubled altar boys.

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Starring Roles For:
40 Year Old Rugged Actor
Asian woman 30s
17ish, 18ish, female
In the Vein Of:
The Bad lieutenant
Blue Velvet
The Exterminating Angel
Author Bio:
James Palmer is a former reporter and photographer who covered civil and regional conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. His stories and photos appeared in the Guardian, Washington Post, Toronto Star, Der Spiegel and Reuters, among others. He was awarded the Nicholas Blake Grant for international freelance reporting in 2007 for his work in Iraq. The Newark Star-Ledger twice nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize in foreign reporting for his work in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Contest Results:
L.A. Neo Noir (First Place) [2020]
Barcelona Festival (First Place, First Time Screenwriter) [2018]
Los Angeles Screenplay (First Place) [2018]
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