“It’s unimaginable. The Jews aren’t being expelled, as we thought. They’re exterminated. I just got back from the camps in Poland. They’re *exterminating* Jews. The strongest are pressed into forced labor. The others, the women and children… are gassed. I saw it with my own eyes. ” – Kurt Gerstein
Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Jun 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A German officer enlists the help of a Priest to try and alert the Vatican and the world about the atrocities being committed by the Germans during World War II.
My Take on it – Such a great concept that just isn’t realized well enough.
The story as told here has some truth to it, but it’s largely fictitious.
They do a wonderful job showing how even during a World War, many people still try to stay away from making politically motivated decisions in order to save themselves at the expense of others.
The film shows how much the Vatican tried to distance itself from the knowledge of what was happening in the concentration camps despite receiving numerous reliable messages with truthful information.
The characters aren’t developed n a deeper level and that takes away from things too much despite the fact that they seem to have very noble motives.
Director Costas-Gavras is known for telling great politically motivated stories and I was hoping for another one here, but unfortunately, this one ends up falling short.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Vatican did not give permission to shoot the film in its buildings. After searching for a location of adequate size for the scenes taking place in the Vatican, Costa-Gavras finally chose Europe’s largest building, the Palace of the Parliament (Palatul Parlamentului) in Bucharest, Romania. Some of the outdoor scenes were shot in Mogosoaia Palace, approximately 14 kilometers northwest of Bucharest. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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