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Edges of the Lord (2001)

A 12-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis.

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Gniecio
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Manka
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Kluba
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Maria
Dorota Piasecka ...
Ela Kluba
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Marek Weglarski ...
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Batylin
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Wanda
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Polish 12 year-young city Jew Romek gets a crash-course in Catholicsim from his daddy ('stay hanging by your arms till your prayers are perfect') so he can be sent away and escape deportation (Auschwitz?) hiding in the country where the clergy found a host, Gniecio's simple peasant family, posing as their city relative. Gniecio's eldest son Vladek proves rather tyrannical but no brighter then gullible junior Tollo, who takes a role play in catechism class to 'become' a Last Supper character, in his case Jesus, to the extreme, even training for a crucifixion from a tree. Neighbor Batylin and his wife are executed by the Nazis when their illegally kept pig is found. Kluba plays a dirty trick when Gniecio tries to sell his in the city; his son is as problematic for the boys, who meanwhile play involving a single girl-playmate, Maria, who takes Romek in when he's stupidly thrown out by his widowed host by mistake. The horror of war itself suddenly shows its ugly head again, big time and ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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12 October 2001 (Poland)  »

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Az úr morzsái  »

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$7,500,000 (estimated)
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This movie wasn't released in USA due to commercial difficulties right away. There were plans to release it theatrically, but to no avail. It was released straight to DVD. See more »

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After Maria gets raped, she goes into the river to wash herself. She puts her head in the water and wipes her face. In the next shot she is lying on her side washing herself, her hair is dry in front. See more »

Quotes

Romek: Are we blessed? Or are we just the edges?
Priest: We are all scraps, Romek, and we are all blessed the same.
Romek: But not all the people right?
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Before Your Eyes
Lyrics by Elzbieta Bieluszko-Kaczmarek
Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Published by Sova Media International (ASCAP)
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A deeply moving and powerful film.
13 February 2002 | by (Tyneside) – See all my reviews

This film marks the departure of the Hollywood blockbuster for Haley Joel Osment. This film is a collaboration of European interest, as well as Hollywood money, and bears well for such future collaborations.

Haley, starring as a young Jew caught up in the atrocities of the 2nd World War, is excellent, giving very intense and moving performances, however, the ensemble cast of young people work very well together to create the unsettling atmosphere that prevailed at the time.

All the performances are perceptive, the direction is excellent, and the story solid and bold.

It is a tribute to Haley and all who surround him, that he chose this to follow "A.I.", as it pushes the actor and performance, rather than the bank balance.

Not a children's film, but a story of children, with strong modern day resonations, that is relevant today, to us all.

Well worth seeing!


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