For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
195 Ratings

The Confession


Directed by Costa-Gavras
France, Italy, 1970
Drama, Thriller


Based on the true story of the Czechoslovak communist Artur London, a defendant in the Slánský trial.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
The Confession Directed by Costa-Gavras

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1971 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

BAFTA Awards

1971 | Nominee: UN Award

Golden Globes (USA)

1971 | Nominee: Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1971 | Winner: Best Foreign Director

The movie is made with Costa-Gavras’s customary brio and confidence; a potentially repetitive or even dull movie spectacle (sleep deprivation etc) is fashioned into a mega-charged ordeal, with even the most ordinary two-people-in-a-room scene galvanised by a hunting camera, breathless cuts and a scrupulous attention to gazes locking and crossing over space.
July 03, 2015
In painstakingly revealing the depraved and nightmarish quality of this process of self-implication, and thus exposing the darkest aspects of Soviet bloc Communism, The Confession establishes itself as one of the toughest political films ever made… The Confession was the first film that zeroed in on torture as a seemingly endless ordeal, a systematic and relentless process aimed at delivering a specific outcome.
May 29, 2015
Read full article
The film’s most interesting aspect is the twisted logic that Ludvik’s tormenters use to wear down his resistance over time. It’s like a master class in how to create a bad syllogism. Too much of the time, however, The Confession just watches Ludvik suffer, reducing him to a pitiable but dramatically negligible victim.
May 27, 2015
Read full article

Related films