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Good (2008)

R | | Drama, Romance, War | 17 April 2009 (UK)
The rise of national socialism in Germany should not be regarded as a conspiracy of madmen. Millions of "good" people found themselves in a society spiralling into terrible chaos. A film about then, which illuminates the terrors of now.

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Halder
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Maurice
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Anne
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Freddie
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Mother
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Helen
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Elisabeth
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Brunau
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Mandelstam
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John Halder is a 'good' and decent individual with family problems: a neurotic wife, two demanding children and a mother suffering from senile dementia. A literary professor, Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When the book is unexpectedly enlisted by powerful political figures in support of government propaganda, Halder finds his career rising in an optimistic current of nationalism and prosperity. Seemingly inconsequential decisions lead to choices, which lead to more choices... with eventually devastating effect. Written by Anonymous

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Anything that makes people happy can't be bad, can it?

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Drama | Romance | War

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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17 April 2009 (UK)  »

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El principio del mal  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,508 (USA) (2 January 2009)

Gross:

$23,091 (USA) (9 January 2009)
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The film was originally to be directed by Lone Scherfig in 2005, with Hugh Jackman as Halder. See more »

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In the scene, when Halder takes a walk with his ex-wife in the cemetery, which is supposed to be in Berlin, Germany, Hungarian names are clearly visible on the gravestones. See more »

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Concentration Camp Band - Symphony No. 1 in D Major, 3rd movement
Written by Gustav Mahler
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12 February 2015 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

Perhaps a little "artsy-dartsy", yes. But this is still a very compelling film that shows the many shades of grey that existed between the black and the white of most war movies. It's the story of a typical German --- a young professor --- who gets swept up in events as he goes along to get along. He sees Nazism as a temporary aberration and even believes he can have a positive influence on it but gets swept up in the movement without really believing in it. Life could be good in Germany before the war if you were not Jewish and were a Nazi or at least appeared to be one. Thus are Professor John Holden and his Jewish friend and fellow world war veteran Maurice caught in the vortex. There are a few extraneous lines in the plot: Holden's senile mother, his failed marriage and the reason for it. They don't seem to serve any purpose other than to add some flesh to a fairly skinny plot. But nevertheless it is both a powerful, well performed drama and a very different glimpse into the everyday life of Nazi Germany before the war.


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