A young Jewish man pretends to be Iranian to avoid being executed in a concentration camp.


Vadim Perelman


Ilja Zofin (screenplay) (as Ilya Tsofin), Wolfgang Kohlhaase (novel)
4,135 ( 78)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart ... Gilles
Lars Eidinger ... Klaus Koch
Jonas Nay ... Max
David Schütter ... Paul
Alexander Beyer ... Camp Commandant
Andreas Hofer ... Adjutant von Dewitz
Leonie Benesch ... Elsa
Luisa-Céline Gaffron Luisa-Céline Gaffron ... Jana
Nico Ehrenteit Nico Ehrenteit ... SS-Obersturmführer Eugen Krupp
Giuseppe Schillaci Giuseppe Schillaci ... Marco Rossi
Antonin Chalon ... Jacob Rossi
Serge Barbagallo ... France KAPO
Peter Beck Peter Beck ... Nazi Doctor
Felix von Bredow Felix von Bredow ... SS-Untersturmführer Siemens
Pascal Elso Pascal Elso ... French Policeman


1942. Gilles, a young Belgian man, is arrested by the SS alongside other Jews and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but then Gilles is assigned a seemingly untenable mission: to teach Persian to Koch, the officer in charge of the camp's kitchen, who dreams of opening a restaurant in Persia (Iran) once the war is over. Gilles finds himself having to invent a language he doesn't know, word by word. As the unusual relationship between the two men begins to incite jealousy and suspicion, Gilles becomes acutely aware that one false move could expose his swindle.

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Official submission of Belarus for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021, but was disqualified by the Academy, due to the majority of individuals involved in making the film not coming from Belarus See more »


At 12:40, the Farsi title of the book "Mythes de la Perse" is printed incorrectly. The words are written from the left to right as opposed to right to left. The characters are individually printed unlike in Farsi. And the top and bottom lines should are swapped.

The translation from French however is correct. The book is clearly a prop. The misprint and the actual translation are visually different and immediately noticeable even to a non-Farsi speaker. See more »

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5 April 2021 | by justlswSee all my reviews

Sort of ordinary, after those extraordinary films about world war 2.

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