You could call this a true "catholic" movie - it's all about committing sins so that one can confess them later. It is also far too loaded with potential guilt items - all of them fulfilled. If he had stuck to the basic premise of exploiting third-world immigrants and cut out half of the bathos, it would have been a much better movie. The best you can say for it is that there is no sentimentality.
Docked two notches for the extremely hokey beginning and ending repeat meetings with his "father" in a snowfield.
If you want bathos free movies of this type, search out the Dardenne brothers films - or their American equivalent, Sean Baker.