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In World War II Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple, Josef and Marie Cizek, can only watch while the Jewish family of their employers, the Wieners, are first removed from their own home to a spare room in their house by the Nazis, then deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp. Years later, young David Wiener, the sole surviving member of that family has managed to escape and make it to the Cizeks. Although fully aware of the extreme danger of harbouring a Jew in the Third Reich, the Cizek's can not permit themselves to leave David to certain death and agree to hide him. However, this decision leads to terrible danger of discovery by the Nazis and especially their friend and Nazi collaborator, Horst Prohazka, who is attracted to Marie. With desperate cleverness and luck, the Cizeks struggle to keep the secret, even when Horst begins to suspect. In doing so, they find themselves making unorthodox choices and learning about the true nature of the people around them. Written by
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Biblical themes portrayed brilliantly in this film.
One additional thought on the film is the way in which it deals with salvation through sin mirroring that of Jesus on the Cross. It is interesting to note that the names of the couple, translated, is Joseph and Mary. David is the Jewish friend they are hiding. If you have not seen this film you may not want to read on but I will try and be discreet about the plot. The Jewish friend the couple is hiding is named David. The Old Testament makes clear that from the line, or seed, of David would come redemption. This redemption came both for Jews and Gentiles. The child born in the film, from Mary and David, brings about salvation from evil for most of the central characters in the film. The final vision at the end of the movie is one of Jews, Germans, Gentiles (and yes even dogs) sitting down and the banquet table of heaven together. One other thought about the film is how often the church criticizes such films for the content. The typical "would you lie about a Jew in the closet" ethical scenario is heightened in this film. I do not believe the filmmakers are trying to suggest the act b/t Mary and David is o.k. but I believe it is interesting to see any story ("breaking the waves" another great example) disgust people for showing the nature of sin and evil to be thrust upon an "innocent" character and not realize this is the same idea of the Suffering Servant on the cross.
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