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The Jewish Cardinal (2013)

Le métis de Dieu (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography | TV Movie 29 March 2013
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The Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to ... See full summary »


Ilan Duran Cohen
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Credited cast:
Laurent Lucas ... Jean-Marie Lustiger
Aurélien Recoing ... Jean-Paul II
Audrey Dana ... Fanny
Pascal Greggory Pascal Greggory ... Albert Decourtray
Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet ... Le père Julien
Alex Skarbek ... Père Kristof
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vincent Furic Vincent Furic ... Traditionnaliste
Dan Gutman Dan Gutman ... Etudiant juif
Henri Guybet ... Charles Lustiger
Aurélien Heilbronn Aurélien Heilbronn ... Swiss guard
Zbigniew Jankowski Zbigniew Jankowski ... Le gardien polonais
Jean-Noël Martin ... Monseigneur Courcoux
Nathalie Richard ... la Mère Superiéure
Christophe Dimitri Réveille Christophe Dimitri Réveille
Aude Saintier Aude Saintier


The Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II - and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies from both groups. When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities - and may be forced at last to choose his side. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

29 March 2013 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El cardenal judío See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,581, 4 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$130,661, 13 July 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The discomforts of "God's Crossbreed"
9 September 2014 | by plamya-1See all my reviews

I just saw this film at a Jewish film festival, and found it very thought-provoking and emotionally disquieting-- which I mean in a GOOD sense. I am neither Catholic nor Jewish, and so when I saw that the French title, "Le Metis de Dieu" points to a more universal phenomenon than the English title "The Jewish Cardinal," my cinephile self had more reason to regret the difficulty of procuring a broader distribution.

The psychological, historical, cultural, and philosophical complexities of this make the 90- something minute running time something of a marvel, and indeed leave the viewer wanting more, while already feeling treated to an experience that goes far beyond the genre of "biopic," or "docudrama" would lead one to expect. The eccentric, often petulant man, navigating between the different cultural identities within himself while confronting the real- world challenges that history has set in his path is a full-blooded, multidimensional character and not an object of reverence.

Meanwhile, as the camera travels from Orleans to Paris to Rome to Auschwitz and returning again to scenes of childhood and family, we witness a visual feast that surpasses our "made- for-TV" expectations.

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