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810 Ratings

The Believer

Directed by Henry Bean
United States, 2001
Crime, Drama


Inspired by a true story, this controversial drama plumbs the deeper motives of an unusual Neo-Nazi, played by Ryan Gosling.

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The Believer Directed by Henry Bean

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2001 | 2 wins including: Dramatic (Grand Jury Prize)

Independent Spirit Awards

2002 | 4 nominations including: Best Screenplay

Critics reviews

It’s entirely to the credit of Henry Bean, the writer-director, and Mark Jacobson, who collaborated on the story, that satisfying psychological explanations aren’t what the film is after. As Bean, a Reform Jew, has suggested in various statements, the film is more precisely an exploration of what it means to be Jewish and what it means to hate—two separate subjects that happen to overlap in this case.
June 14, 2002
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