Acknowledging your failings isn't the same as overcoming them.

Federico Fellini is not a good man, but maybe not being a good man makes him a good artist? (Maybe.) In any case, his treatment of the women in his life leaves a lot to be desired. Fellini himself explores his issues in his 1963 film 8 1/2. Explores, mind you, without any hint of seeking to overcome. He's not repenting, and probably doesn't think there's anything to repent for, but he's a mid-20th century Italian man, so maybe there isn't? (There is.)

Lost in Criterion discusses how stating your shortcomings doesn't absolve you of them on this week's episode.