I remember reading "The Sin Eater" as a kid. It horrified me and remained one of my favorites. So, the idea of Heath becoming a sin eater was interesting. Pretty good - the second half is better. Shannon Sossamon is lovely, but I do love gazing at and listening to Ledger.; So sad. He was to become brilliant.
I was really not digging this film for the first half or so. It seemed unfocused and absurd. But in the second half the meaning of it became more apparent and it got much better. It's actually quite a subversive film in the end; very damning of religion and moral authority figures. It brings up many interesting ideas about the relationship between guilt, absolution, power, and corruption.