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Adam Resurrected deals unflinchingly with the excruciating, bitterly ironic issues that Hitler's slaughterhouses have evoked in the area of faith and the Jewish attitude toward the God whose deliverance of their ancestors from slavery is celebrated year after year. The ironies and metaphors throughout the film involving men and dogs say more than any words of praise could possibly express.
Suffice it to say that this is, in my humble opinion, one of the finest films of the last decade, and perhaps the best work of art on the holocaust of all time. It is demanding, complex and disturbing, but highly worth your time and attention.
know it from this work of art) is subliminal and heartbreaking on so many levels. I won't say this is
Jeff Goldblum's best performance because he has had several poor peformances; thus, it is impossible to
compare his phenomenal metaphysical psychotic discourse in this film to all his other mundane (whether
good or not so good) performances. The rest of the cast is stellar. The young boy ('dog') in the film
is heartbreaking. This film is not for the lighthearted or the impatient, nor is it for those seeking
easy answers or quik Hollywood cliches and fixes as it provides none. This film is wretched and
beautiful, painful and sublime and corroborates (though I doubt it needed confirmation) Paul Schrader
as a masterful Director and artist for the thinking adult and the scared child within. The anticipated
Academy Award's avoidance of this film is the degree of measure by which to judge its artistry and
profoundity. If you could imagine a collaboration by Luis Bunuel, Federico Fellini, Joel and Ethan Coen
and David Cronenberg, it would like something like this, and that is NO small compliment to Schrader
and what he has done here.
Jeff Goldblum plays a death camp survivor that has been committed to an asylum (years after the war) for survivors in Israel. Willem Dafoe plays the Nazi officer who tortures him, with some excellent supporting performances by Ayelet Zurer and Derek Jacobi. The story spans 40 years and is told in a non-lineal format crossing between black and white and color. The Blu clarity is outstanding at times, grainy in others but those scenes are made to be that way, otherwise the entire production has a high budget feel but simple at the same time. The DTS is used very well, and gets utilized in ways one would not expect from a Holocaust film (the cabaret scenes, the echoing barks in the asylum halls, the narration, etc.). The special features are a long watch and include:
* Behind the scenes, 24 minutes: A thorough interview/film splice featurette that covers the entire production and the minds behind the film, if you have only a little time to watch everything this would be the extra to see.
* Deleted scenes, 9:30 minutes: The last half of these are more of a cutting room floor add-on and are dry. The only scene worth checking is the first one as it adds a whole other dynamic between Dafoe/Goldblum (post holocaust) that is never alluded to in the film.
* Haifa Film Festival Q&A, 72 minutes: Catered to the hardcore film fans that can sit through a hour+ of ESL participants, bad sound and garbled speeches. I tried to understand what was being said but it gets tedious, still some great inspiration and production info, but the making of covers it better.
By far, Goldblum's best performance to date - a pinnacle in his career.Read more ›
Jeff Goldblum, in pure hyper-kinetic Goldblum-ism, plays a Holocaust survivor inhabiting a secluded institute whose patients have all endured atrocities during the war. This experimental facility, however, is populated by misfits straight out of central casting. Instead of crafting real personages, the various inmates are all quirky madcap stereotypes of movie nut cases--the kind meant to provoke laughter and amusement, not to elicit feelings of genuine emotion or sympathy. The thoroughly unappealing Goldblum is the star of the institute whom, of course, everyone loves for his free spirit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This film was panned by some reviewers who seemed to feel very strongly about their assessment, which surprised me because I thought it was a brilliant film, and I agreed with what... Read morePublished 16 months ago by marsmoon
A former German Jewish clown/magician, with many psychological demons, in an Israeli asylum for concentration camp survivors set the character and place. Read morePublished 17 months ago by BrooklynBuddy
Though Jeff gives it his best efforts. The film isn't made for multiple viewings,once was enough. It's drab and stays that way. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jason Pennell
great piece of history in degree and very entertaining, an add to any ones library of history of WWIIPublished on August 14, 2014 by Raggedy
Wow, this is a somewhat different role for Jeff Goldblum. There were things I liked and things I didn't like about the movie style, but I would still recommend it, the good by far... Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Stewie Stewart
It's a really good movie and this guy trying to help all those people that survive to those horrors and helping the kid awesome history.Published on September 18, 2013 by Brizna