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Edges of the Lord (2001)

A twelve-year-old Jewish boy hides with a family of Catholic peasant farmers to escape the Nazis.

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Yurek Bogayevicz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Haley Joel Osment ... Romek
Willem Dafoe ... Priest
Richard Banel Richard Banel ... Vladek
Liam Hess Liam Hess ... Tolo
Olaf Lubaszenko ... Gniecio
Malgorzata Foremniak ... Manka
Andrzej Grabowski ... Kluba
Chiril Vahonin Chiril Vahonin ... Robal
Olga Frycz ... Maria
Dorota Piasecka Dorota Piasecka ... Ela Kluba
Wojciech Smolarz Wojciech Smolarz ... Pyra
Marek Weglarski Marek Weglarski ... Max
Edyta Jurecka Edyta Jurecka ... Sara
Ryszard Ronczewski ... Batylin
Krystyna Feldman ... Wanda
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Polish 12 year-young city Jew Romek gets a crash-course in Catholicsim from his daddy ('stay hanging by your arms till your prayers are perfect') so he can be sent away and escape deportation (Auschwitz?) hiding in the country where the clergy found a host, Gniecio's simple peasant family, posing as their city relative. Gniecio's eldest son Vladek proves rather tyrannical but no brighter then gullible junior Tollo, who takes a role play in catechism class to 'become' a Last Supper character, in his case Jesus, to the extreme, even training for a crucifixion from a tree. Neighbor Batylin and his wife are executed by the Nazis when their illegally kept pig is found. Kluba plays a dirty trick when Gniecio tries to sell his in the city; his son is as problematic for the boys, who meanwhile play involving a single girl-playmate, Maria, who takes Romek in when he's stupidly thrown out by his widowed host by mistake. The horror of war itself suddenly shows its ugly head again, big time and ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2001 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Az úr morzsái See more »

Filming Locations:

Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland See more »

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Budget:

$7,500,000 (estimated)
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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This movie wasn't released in USA due to commercial difficulties right away. There were plans to release it theatrically, but to no avail. It was released straight to DVD. See more »

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After Maria gets raped, she goes into the river to wash herself. She puts her head in the water and wipes her face. In the next shot she is lying on her side washing herself, her hair is dry in front. See more »

Quotes

Romek: Are we blessed? Or are we just the edges?
Priest: We are all scraps, Romek, and we are all blessed the same.
Romek: But not all the people right?
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Before Your Eyes
Lyrics by Elzbieta Bieluszko-Kaczmarek
Music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Published by Sova Media International (ASCAP)
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One of the best ensembles of child actors
25 January 2005 | by John SmithSee all my reviews

I rented this film because I am a fan of Osmet. I was surprised by the performances of almost all the child actors in this film. Liam Hess stole the show. I would have rated this film higher, but the story seemed to meander with no real point at times. The film is very dark and somber throughout but what would you expect from a "holocost" film. The central story is about two boys (one jew and one catholic) who end up living together and experiencing some of the atrocities perpetrated on the jews during WWII by the Germans. The Catholic boy (Liam Hess), who is receiving teachings from the local priest before his first communion decides to mimic the life of Jesus (for what reason I'm not sure) and draws all the other local children into his game. As the film progresses, the story becomes more serious and the Tolo's "games" become more realistic.


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