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Dovid Bendel
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Leah
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Sarah
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Count Albrecht, the Squire
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Ken Dury ...
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Simon is an outcast from his Jewish community because he claims that the devil talks to him and he has the ability to put curses on crops. When Dovid asks the 'Squire' to sell him some land so he can build a railway station, a ruthless businessman from the neighbouring gentile community uses Simon to find out who wants to buy the land so he can 'persuade' him otherwise. Written by Rob Hartill

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In an unforgiving land, the fate of a forgotten village rests in his hands. See more »


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A sátán mágusa  »

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$5,307 (USA) (9 March 2001)

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$38,214 (USA) (20 July 2001)
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Final cinema film of Jean Anderson. See more »

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[Hase is watching Simon shoveling food into his mouth]
Maximillian Hase: No, don't go, Buchholz, stay and watch Simon eat. It's... interesting.
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Piano Quintet In G Minor, Op 57: IV. Intermezzo: Lento
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A beautiful fairy-tale of the long-lost world
13 January 2006 | by (San Francisco, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is a fairy tale about Jews and Christians in an Eastern European shtetl of the XIX century - a world that completely disappeared, which adds to the movie's sentimental value. A fairy tale about a "holy fool" that is generally charming, sometimes scary, brilliantly filmed, and visually arresting.

Unfortunately, it didn't quite do it for me - didn't fully step the line from reality into visual absurdity, but stayed at the threshold, which was somewhat irritating because I am generally not a fan of watching fairy tales on screen. Despite that, it left the best impression on me.


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