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Adam Resurrected (2008)

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

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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)
Mickey Leon ... Golomb
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Storyline

"Adam Resurrected" 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. "Adam Resurrected" is the story of a man who once was a dog who meets a dog who once was a boy. Written by Anonymous

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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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Country:

Germany | USA | Israel

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adam Ben Kelev See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The lines read at the beginning by Jeff Goldblum are a translation from the 19th century German Jewish poet Heinrich Heine's "In Der Fremde" (In Exile) Heine was himself an exile, spending his last years in Paris. See more »

Goofs

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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Soundtracks

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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A story about survivor's guilt
6 August 2009 | by ZenSharkSee all my reviews

I am surprised at the hatefully negative reviews this movie has gotten. But then I suppose anything that handles a truly dark subject matter, and doesn't spoon feed the audience doesn't get much praise.

This movie is excellent with excellent performances. I didn't mind the accent because it doesn't matter. The meaning of the movie, and the metaphors of film employed are brilliant.

The movie details the struggle of a former circus performer and celebrity with his guilt over surviving his family in the holocaust. Goldblum portrays a man who finds insanity more comfortable then sanity, because sanity brings with it sad truths.


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