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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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Andy De Emmony (as Andy de Emmony)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Muir Joseph Muir ... Kapo (as Joseph Alessi)
Josef Altin ... Isaac
Ashley Artus ... Ricard
Alexi Kaye Campbell Alexi Kaye Campbell ... Doctor
Dominic Cooper ... Moche
Lorcan Cranitch ... Blockaltester
Stephen Dillane ... Schmidt
Rupert Graves ... Mordechai
François Guétary François Guétary ... Jacques (as Francois Guetary)
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Hugo
Agnieszka Liggett Agnieszka Liggett ... Tour Guide
Louise Mardenborough Louise Mardenborough ... Emily
Eddie Marsan ... Lieble
André Oumansky ... Jacob (as Andre Oumansky)
Blake Ritson ... Idek
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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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Hat Trick has employed a rabbi to consult on the script. 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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5 September 2008 | by mickjongoldSee 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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