The Faith in Film Blogathon – Jakob the Liar (1999)


This is the second of 3 posts dedicated to The Faith in Film Blogathon being held over at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society

Tnx Tiffany and Rebekah for letting me take part!

“I believe we are the chosen people… but I wish the Almighty had chosen somebody else.” – Jakob Heym

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A Polish Shop keeper decides to tell stories to his fellow inhabitants f the Ghetto in order to keep their hopes and spirits high.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been meaning to watch for years and never got around to it.

The premise fits really well within the theme of this blogathon, so I decided to finally see what it was all about.

Robin Williams is mostly known as being a hilarious comedian, but he was an even better dramatic actor and this film is further proof of that.

He plays a man who decides to tell lies about news from the battlefront in order to raise the spirits of the other inhabitants of the ghetto.

The story moves along in a great way and we get a clear idea as to the kind of life these people needed to live and why is was so important for them to trust in their faith and cling to hope that they would soon be freed from their current oppression.

Williams is able to pepper in some humor to his character along the way and that also adds even more to the story.

The supporting cast is also great and Alan Arkin, Armen Mueller-Stahl, Michael Jeter, Bob Balaban and Liev Schrieber all help make us feel the pressures of people living in the Ghetto during World War II.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although thematically the film is very similar in tone and subject with Roberto Benigni’s Life Is Beautiful (1997), it actually started production well before the release of the Italian film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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2 thoughts on “The Faith in Film Blogathon – Jakob the Liar (1999)

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