After the war a man tries to piece together the story of Father Maximilian Kolbe who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz. Based on the real priest, who later became a catholic saint (1894-1941).
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Long before he was wisecracking in Tarantino's silly historical revisionisms Christopher Waltz was a Polish Auschwitz escapee in this, one of Krzysztof Zanussi's more overtly Catholic morality plays: a man allows ten others to die in his place; another offers his life for that of a man he doesn't even know.
It's one of the weakest films by Zanussi. It tries very hard to present different point of views about the ultimate sacrifice of life but it quickly spirals down into a mawkish Catholic propaganda. It has its strong moments but it lacks magic Zanussi’s previous films have.