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The movie is set as a many-sided socratic dialog and it evaluates the problem of evil from the point of view of the Old-Testament. I enjoyed watching it at an intellectual level but it is also one of the most depressing movies I have ever seen. No graphic violence or gore, though. Just point blank argument vs counter argument, by which a roomful of Jewish concentration camp prisoners try to determine if God should be blamed for the whirlwind of horror, suffering and death surrounding them.
However, the movie is not at all just dry, abstract reasoning. It is emotionally provoking (to almost a traumatizing degree) and full of moving scenes and twists where the actors perform brilliantly and quite believably.
My only critical comment is that for some reason, the publishers of this DVD chose to market it as a "MASTERPIECE" and added a 4 minute footage to the beginning and the end of the original movie. In the extra footage, a young well groomed man with a smile as big as the Titanic lectures about how deep and masterful the whole movie is. This pompous packaging creates almost a comical contrast with the dark, realistic and modest outlook of the movie. I would recommend that the viewers skip the extra footage. When I watched the movie for the first time, I watched the extra footage unknowingly and I think it was detrimental to my overall viewing experience.
5 out of 5 stars
The arguments swing back and forth as the various individuals make their case - be it in favor of a benevolent God who imposes suffering for a greater good or against an indifferent, wrathful God. This production is first-class - the dialogue is driven by intellectual insights that compel the viewer to think about a lot of things that may cross one's mind but that one never really gives voice to - how does one reconcile a benevolent God with acts of such brutality as perpetrated during the Holocaust and since then [Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur etc], questions to do with Man's faith, the nature of God etc. I could not stop thinking about all these things long after the show ended.
The introduction to the actual court setting [in an inmates' barracks] is well done - a busload of tourists get off at Auschwitz during a tour, and as they are led from site to site, an older visitor mentions an anecdote about the time some inmates put God on trial. This then provides the setting for the flashback to the past.Read more ›
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Not a very cheerful movie, this one explores the question of why God would abandon His "Chosen People." These are inmates at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thomas H. Fields
I borrowed this from the library for free, and didn't know what to expect. I was glued to the TV the whole time. I liked it so much that I bought it and re-watched it twice. Read morePublished 4 months ago by From the Musician's Pen
What an incredibly powerful and well acted film. This movie should be seen by all regardless of beliefs because it will make you think.Published 5 months ago by Andrew Bufalo
Amazing, gives one an idea of what may of transpired during a night in the concentration camp with Jewish men and how each views GOD.Published 9 months ago by Carol A. DiDomenico
Above all, God is still in control. Opened my eyes to understand that we are just passing through and the journey is not complete until
we are face to face with The most high,... Read more
One of the most thought provoking movies you'll ever see. Very balanced exploration of the existence of God's covenant with the Hebrews. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Raynaldo
A very good film. It makes you ponder wether or not god had abandoned his chosen ones.Published 14 months ago by jiru-rei-hachi