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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... See full summary »

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Simon
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Dovid Bendel
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Maximillian Hase
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Leah
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Sarah
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Count Albrecht, the Squire
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Sirius / Boris / The Devil
Terence Rigby ...
Bratislav
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Buchholz
Jim Dunk ...
Saul
Ursula Jones ...
Rebecca
Cyril Shaps ...
Chaim
David de Keyser ...
Rabbi
Ken Dury ...
Priest
Tom Fisher ...
Thomas
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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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A magical tale from a Vanished World. See more »


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11 February 2000 (Italy)  »

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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 »

Quotes

[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
Composed by Dmitri Shostakovich
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A film that should be better known.
27 January 2002 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

I'd read about this film at the Noah Taylor website, but I don't believe it ever opened in the U.S. (or at least it didn't get wide release). The Sundance Channel recently showed it, however, and those good people should be heartily thanked for giving us the opportunity to view a minor masterpiece. The story involves the holy fool (Noah Taylor, in another remarkable performance) of a dying European village and the people whose lives he affects. The supporting cast, including Ian Holm and Rutger Hauer, who once again reminds us that he is indeed a good yet neglected actor, are all superb, and the story is alternatingly funny and tragic, in the best tradition of Eastern European literature. Strongest kudos must go to cinematographer Nicholas D. Knowland, who uses light and shadow to create a finely textured world, and whose often startling imagery (the Jews on the night train, the young girl waving goodbye to Simon) will stay with the viewer long after the film ends. If you get the chance, catch the director's commentary on the making of the film. I'm not at all sure that he realizes just how good a film he's made!


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