In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.
at first sigh, it is not credible. the gestures, the actions are more drops on nationalist speech. but it is a special film. for heart , not for mind. it is a drawing. about things out of words. portrait of a French hero, it is, in fact, portrait of France. and this fact is essential for understand the force of it. the message is universal. for the countries under German occupation. for the lands under Soviet occupation. for the need of freedom who lives in many places. the courage, maybe a strange courage of people for who motherland is more important than life was reflected with delicate art in this film. and the performance of Charles Berling is seductive because it remains a smart puzzle of nuances.
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