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The Devil's Arithmetic (1999)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, War  |  28 March 1999 (USA)
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This is another telling of the holocaust, but this time from the perspective of a modern teenage girl who only grudgingly accepts the Jewish traditions, but when she is asked to "open the ... See full summary »

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Leonore Stern
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Aunt Eva
Lilo Baur ...
Mina
Nitzan Sharron ...
Ariel
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Shmuel
Kirsty McFarland ...
Yetta
Rachel Roddy ...
Esther
Ieva Jackeviciute ...
Miriam
Philip Rham ...
Commandant Krieger
Daniel Rausch ...
Officer Steinbach
Polina Soloveicik ...
Sarah (as Paulina Soloveicik)
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This is another telling of the holocaust, but this time from the perspective of a modern teenage girl who only grudgingly accepts the Jewish traditions, but when she is asked to "open the front door" as part of the Seder feast finds herself, not unlike Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, to have entered the 1940's and has stepped into the life of a prisoner in one of the German death camps where she experiences all of its horrors firsthand. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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La aritmética del diablo  »

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By far the most famous and successful movie in which actor Paul Freeman has appeared in his career is Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), in which he plays a French archaeologist who collaborates with the Nazis. In this film, he plays an Orthodox rabbi who is imprisoned in a concentration camp by the Nazis. See more »

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Hannah Stern: Do you know what a stupid girl I used to be? I almost got one of these put on!
[shows the number tattooed on her arm]
Hannah Stern: Can you believe that? I wanted to get tattooed!
Rivkah: Don't talk foolishness!
Hannah Stern: It is foolishness, isn't it? My whole life has been foolishness. I'm being punished, that's it, God is punishing me.
Rivkah: I forbid you to say that. Is God punishing me? Is He punishing the children? I won't believe that.
Hannah Stern: Then why? Why?
Rivkah: Ask them why. Ask the Nazis, not me, don't ask me.
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This is a fine film for its intended audience.
7 April 1999 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Overall, the films art direction, cinematography and story line remained consistently good throughout the film. Not knowing the book, I cannot comment on its accuracy. I can say that it kept my attention though out the film. Even though I wanted to see Toto leap up into Hannah's arms in the end, it was still a moving conclusion.


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