As World War II begins, a Polish Jewish pianist is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto. Separated from his family, he narrowly escapes the concentration camps. After being discovered in hiding, a German officer provides him food in exchange for his musical gifts.
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On technical level it's flawless. Polanski knows how to make a damn good movie and Brody gives the performance of a lifetime. However on an emotional level, I didn't feel very affected by it (except for a few brilliant moments) and I really wanted to be. I don't quite know why this is, and honestly it might just have been the mood I was in and I'll have to rewatch it at a later point. That being said, damn good film.
This isn't more than a good, enjoyable movie in the "dont' make me think too much" standards. The characters were blank and uninteresting (i guess the big nose was more important than acting). Even Brody's character looked rather bored than affected. Just because it's a Polanski movie doesn't necesarry make it a good one. Get over the sympathetic crap and think if you learned or saw something new after watching it
Holocaust movie that isn't all about Holocaust. After first third which seemed it might, yet again, put an excessive over-sentimental view on this harsh topic, it switches focus on main protagonist, seemingly only humane character in the film. And then a masterful modern-day Crusoe story evolves, offering a "third wheel" perspective baffled by the world's stupidity around him.