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During WWII SS officer Kurt Gerstein tries to inform Pope Pius XII about Jews being sent to concentration camps. Young Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana gives him a hand.
2003 | Winner: Best Screenplay, Original or Adaptation
2003 | 6 nominations including: Best Film
2002 | Nominee: Best European Actor (Audience Award)
2002 | 2 wins including: Best European Film
the theme raises this film to an impressive level of horror and distress above the more purely filmic quality of the thing, in itself. Perhaps, with more craft, it would have been up there with Schindler's List.
Une oeuvre courageuse, dénonciatrice du laxisme de l'Eglise et de la scandaleuse attitude de Pie XII pour ses largesses avec le pouvoir nazi... www.cinefiches.com
it's simple enough to portray the horrors of the Holocaust, what is harder is to build a compelling case for those that tried to do their best from the inside to prevent them
Not enough done to explore the motivations of its central characters, rescued by a strong narrative and an interesting different side of a notoriously difficult subject matter
Essential, as always, and unfortunately all too relevant 70 years after the war. I love the cuts to trains between scenes.