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God on Trial (2008)

Awaiting their inevitable deaths at one of the worst concentration camps, a group of Jews make a rabbinical court to decide whether God has gone against the Holy Covenant and if He is the one guilty for their suffering.

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(as Andy de Emmony)
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Joseph Muir ...
Kapo (as Joseph Alessi)
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Isaac
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Alexi Kaye Campbell ...
Doctor
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Moche
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Blockaltester
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Schmidt
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Mordechai
François Guétary ...
Jacques (as Francois Guetary)
David de Keyser ...
Hugo
Agnieszka Liggett ...
Tour Guide
Louise Mardenborough ...
Emily
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Lieble
André Oumansky ...
Jacob (as Andre Oumansky)
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Wondering about the meaning and modalities of their triage, presumably to live or burn, Jewish Auschwitz barrack mates start to debate on how or why God can allow (his) people to suffer such fatal misery, which even further divides a devout father and his liberal son. They eventually form a Thora court, which hears theological argumentation as well as practical considerations. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | War

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9 November 2008 (USA)  »

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Auschwitzin vangit  »

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1.78 : 1
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Filmed over two weeks. See more »

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Tour Guide: Unfortunately our admission is not inclusive in your tour price, so sorry you must pay. But, um, the good news it's only 10 zlotas, so not so very bad.
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Impressive
5 September 2008 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Films set in Nazi extermination camps are always confronted by certain production problems. Will the Jews look thin enough? Will they look like they're eaten by lice and other vermin? How to convey their interaction in such a wretched and desperate place? A place that most of us cannot begin to imagine. This drama succeeded (against my expectations) because it doesn't feel naturalistic. Of course Anthony Sher and Stellan Skarsgård and the others look like well-fed actors. But this does not detract from their performances because the emphasis in this film is on the arguments. How can anyone affirm a belief in God in Auschwitz? It's a good question, and many approaches and interpretations of God's actions are offered. The production could be criticised for feeling a little like a stage play. A bit wordy with many monologues. But the acting, the direction, and, above all, the writing are first class.


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