In the aftermath of World War II, a former circus entertainer who was spared from the gas chamber becomes the ringleader at an asylum for Holocaust survivors.

Director:

Paul Schrader

Writers:

Yoram Kaniuk (novel), Noah Stollman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Goldblum ... Adam Stein
Willem Dafoe ... Commandant Klein
Derek Jacobi ... Dr. Nathan Gross
Ayelet Zurer ... Gina Grey
Hana Laslo ... Rachel Shwester (as Hana Laszlo)
Joachim Król ... Abe Wolfowitz
Evgenia Dodina ... Gretchen Stein
Tudor Rapiteanu Tudor Rapiteanu ... David
Veronica Ferres ... Frau Fogel
Idan Alterman ... Arthur
Juliane Köhler ... Ruth Edelson
Dror Keren ... Dr. Uri Slonim
Shmuel Edelman Shmuel Edelman ... Dr. Shapiro (as Schmuel Edelman)
Yoram Toledano ... Tarshish (as Yoram Tolledano)
Miki Leon ... Golomb (as Mickey Leon)
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Storyline

This movie follows the story of Adam Stein, a charismatic patient at a mental institution for Holocaust survivors in Israel, 1961. He reads minds and confounds his doctors, lead by Nathan Gross. Before the war, in Berlin, Adam was an entertainer - cabaret impresario, circus owner, magician, musician - loved by audiences and Nazis alike until he finds himself in a concentration camp, confronted by Commandant Klein. Adam survives the camp by becoming the Commandant's "dog", entertaining him while his wife and daughter are sent off to die. Years later, we find him at the Institute. One day, Adam smells something, hears a sound. "Who brought a dog in here?" he asks Gross. Gross denies there is a dog, but Adam finds him, a young boy raised in a basement on a chain. Adam and the boy see and recognize each other as dogs, and their journey begins. This movie is the story of a man who once was a dog who meets a dog who once was a boy.

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A story of survival and redemption unlike any other. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing behavior, sexuality, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The lines read at the beginning by Jeff Goldblum are a translation from the nineteenth century German Jewish poet Heinrich Heine's "In Der Fremde" (In Exile) Heine was an exile, spending his last years in Paris. See more »

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The medal Commandant Klein wears around his neck is an Iron Cross first class with oak leaves and swords. This medal, awarded for merits on the battle front, was only given if the recipient already had the second class iron cross, which is nowhere to be seen. See more »

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[first lines]
Adam Stein: I had once the beautiful Father Land. The oak tree grew so high there. Silence nodded softly. It was a dream. It kissed me in German. It spoke in German. You would hardly believe how good it sounded. The words, Ich liebe dich, I love you. It *was* a dream...
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Nachtviolen
Written by Franz Schubert
Soprano: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (as Elisabeth Schwartzkopf)
Piano: Edwin Fischer
By courtesy of EMI Music Germany GmbH & Co. KG
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Fade to black 'Wow!'
13 May 2009 | by day_andySee all my reviews

This is the best movie I have seen in a very long time. A completely intriguing script, with some really good acting. Jeff Golblum is playing a Jewish man and lands a powerful and extraordinary performance. Although he has faults at the beginning with the accent, he clearly improves during the movie. This is not a gruesome war movie. In fact, I didn't see one person murdered. It's a psychological drama that revolves around the tormented soul that Jeff Golblum portrays. A tragedy mixed with really dark humour that will keep your attention for the entirety of the film. It's rare that you see Hollywood actors doing such dark, confronting, art-house kind of movies, but this one works and I'm going to recommend it to lots of people.


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Country:

Germany | Israel | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adam Resurrected See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$82,349
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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