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Amen. (2002)

 -  Crime | Drama | War  -  27 February 2002 (France)
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During WWII SS officer Kurt Gerstein tries to inform Pope Pius XII about Jews being sent to concentration camps. Young Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana gives him a hand.

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Riccardo Fontana
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Doctor
Michel Duchaussoy ...
Cardinal
Ion Caramitru ...
Count Fontana
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Gerstein's Father
Antje Schmidt ...
Mrs. Gerstein
Hanns Zischler ...
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Höss
Erich Hallhuber ...
Von Rutta
Burkhard Heyl ...
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Tittman
Bernd Fischerauer ...
Bishop von Galen
Pierre Franckh ...
Pastor Wehr
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In World War II, the sanitation engineer and family man Kurt Gerstein is assigned by SS to be the Head of the Institute for Hygiene to purify the water for the German Army in the front. Later, he is invited to participate in termination of plagues in the concentration camps and he develops the lethal gas Zyklon-B. When he witnesses that the SS is killing Jews instead, he decides to denounce the genocide to the Pope to expose to the world and save the Jewish families. The idealist Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana from an influent Italian family gives his best efforts being the liaison of Gerstein and the leaders of the Vatican. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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FRF 103,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,284 (USA) (24 January 2003)

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$274,299 (USA) (8 August 2003)
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Stefan Lux was a Jewish Czech journalist, who committed suicide in the general assembly room of the League of Nations during its session on July 3, 1936, to alert the world on the perils of German anti-Semitism. After shouting "C'est le dernier coup" ("This is the final blow") he shot himself with a revolver. See more »

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At the end of the film, on the screen we read that Gerstein's written testimony helped to validate the events of the Holocaust. Then, "Kurt Gerstein was rehabilitated 20 years later." He could not have not been "rehabilitated", since he was found hanged in his cell in 1945. "Rehabilitated" should have been "exonerated". See more »

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[first lines]
Stephan Lux: [interrupting a session of the Assembly of the League of Nations, Geneve, 1936] My name is Stephan Lux. I am Jewish. The Jews are being persecuted in Germany and the world doesn't care.
[He draws a pistol]
Stephan Lux: I see no other way to reach people's hearts.
[He shoots himself]
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Powerful and Striking
14 October 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In World War II, the sanitation engineer and family man Kurt Gerstein (Ulrich Tukur) is assigned by SS to be the Head of the Institute for Hygiene to purify the water for the German Army in the front. Later, he is invited to participate in termination of plagues in the concentration camps and he develops the lethal gas Zyklon-B. When he witnesses that the SS is killing Jews instead, he decides to denounce the genocide to the Pope to expose to the world and save the Jewish families. The idealist Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana (Mathieu Kassovitz) from an influent Italian family gives his best efforts being the liaison of Gerstein and the leaders of the Vatican.

I do not have the knowledge of history to know whether this story is accurate or manipulative, but as a movie it is powerful and striking. Costa-Gavras directs this film about Holocaust based on the history of the German Kurt Gerstein, who unsuccessfully tried to tell the world about the mass murderers in the concentration camps. The performance of Ulrich Tukur is magnificent, giving total credibility to his character. With regard to the role of the Catholic Church, I believe the exposition is simplistic and does not show the big picture of the political environment that the Vatican was living in that historical moment, focusing only in the attempt of the SS officer in having an audience with the Pope. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Amém." ("Amen.")


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