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The Devil's Arithmetic (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, War | TV Movie 28 March 1999
A 16-year-old American girl with an apathetic view towards her Jewish family history finds herself pulled through time into 1941 to a small Polish village where the Nazi have just began their genocidal propaganda.

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Lilo Baur ...
Nitzan Sharron ...
Ariel
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Shmuel
Kirsty McFarland ...
Yetta
Rachel Roddy ...
Esther
Ieva Jackeviciute ...
Miriam
Philip Rham ...
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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28 March 1999 (USA)  »

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La aritmética del diablo  »

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A scene from this movie appears in Wag the Dog (1997) as the faked footage of an orphan in Albania. See more »

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Hannah Stern: [the Nazis approach the wedding ceremony] What year is it?
Rivkah: 5703.
Hannah Stern: 5000? That's impossible, this isn't the future.
Rivkah: Ah, you mean the Christian calendar. 1941, October 1941.
Hannah Stern: They're Nazis! No! They will kill... it's 6 million Jews. Don't ask me how I know, I just do.
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A Rather Good Film
16 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

I actually liked this when I saw it on TV. A lot of people probably saw the cut, shorter version on (station named after famous novel written down by Homer, following the Iliad) in the US. But I got to see the whole version, and, after having read the book several times, I can say that it is a very good book. It makes Hannah (or Chaya, in the book) look like the spoiled wild-child that the book did not develop enough, and the other characters were perfect in their roles. The acting was good, the sets were realistic and quaint, and the storyline is historically accurate, as well as to the mark on the book. In short, it's a very good film.


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