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Ivan & Abraham (1993)

Moi Ivan, toi Abraham (original title)
In 1930s Poland, it was traditional for some Christian boys to live for a time with Jewish families in order to learn a trade from Jewish craftsmen. For this reason, Ivan has gone to live ... See full summary »

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Yolande Zauberman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roma Alexandrovitch Roma Alexandrovitch ... Abraham
Aleksandr Yakovlev Aleksandr Yakovlev ... Ivan (as Sasha Yakovlev)
Vladimir Mashkov ... Aaron
Mariya Lipkina Mariya Lipkina ... Rachel
Hélène Lapiower Hélène Lapiower ... Reyzele
Aleksandr Kalyagin ... Mardoche
Rolan Bykov ... Nachman
Zinoviy Gerdt ... Zalman
Aleksey Serebryakov
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan
Aleksey Gorbunov
Valeriy Ivchenko
Daniel Olbrychski ... Stepan
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Prince
Lika Kremer Lika Kremer ... Mania
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In 1930s Poland, it was traditional for some Christian boys to live for a time with Jewish families in order to learn a trade from Jewish craftsmen. For this reason, Ivan has gone to live on a large estate with Abraham and his family, has learned Yiddish, and has become Abraham's best friend. But the anti-Semitism born of poverty, ignorance, and superstition is fierce in this community of and the two boys run away into the countryside to flee an imminent conflict. Journeying together in a menacing environment, they reveal their innocence and inseparability. Written by Eric Wees <eric_wees@pch.gc.ca>

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Country:

France | Belarus

Language:

Yiddish | Polish | Russian | Romany

Release Date:

26 May 1993 (France) See more »

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Gross USA:

$164,628
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Belarus for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 67th Academy Awards in 1995. See more »

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A great film about social differences in pre-WWII Poland
4 November 2015 | by KobusAdAstraSee all my reviews

An enjoyable, somewhat sombre film about two boys growing up in pre-WWII Poland. Ivan is Catholic and works as an apprentice for a rich Jewish landowner. Ivan is good friends with Abraham, the affluent landowner's grandson. The old man then instructs Abraham not be friends with Ivan as the latter is a 'goy'. The two boys decide to run away. Interesting back-drop: a bucolic landscape where the poor peasants, mostly Catholic, work for the rich and rather selfish landowner. An undercurrent of mutual dislike runs through the community; the anti-Semitic workers, the Jews viewing themselves as better as the rest… It all an allegory of problems to rise in Poland a few years later. Using black and white as medium for a 1993 film? It works surprisingly well in this case. The great music score and good acting helped to make this an enjoyable cinematic experience.


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