Magazine article Variety

The Sinner

Magazine article Variety

The Sinner

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while reading Petra Hammesfahr's 1999 novel "The Sinner," Derek Simonds responded strongly to the "frank" way the story dealt with issues of sexuality, abuse and religion. Although the novel was written with a German sensibility, Simonds wanted to keep the same tone when adapting it for an American audience. He did want to expand the point of view of the characters and the narrative structure, though. His result was crafted as a suspense thriller that allowed the central character Cora (Jessica Biel) to have a hero's journey despite being a killer, as well as to work as a two-hander with the newly fleshed out Detective Ambrose (Bill Pullman).

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"You're privy to a lot of in that you don't really get from medium like TV," he says of the adaptation we meet som something brewing under th for all intents and purposes life together relatively well a able and relatable as an ave mother. …

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