Amen

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Released 2003

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Director:
Costa-Gavras
Released:
2003
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From the acclaimed director of Z and CAPITAL, Costa-Gavras presents a powerful and riveting account of the implementation of the Final Solution and the culpability of the Vatican in the extermination of millions in Nazi Death Camps. The strength of the film relies in part on the intimacy of the story told: chemist Kurt Gerstein (Ulrich Tukur) is an SS officer in charge of hygiene. When he learns that methods he developed to eradicate typhus are being used in gas chambers, he turns to representatives of the Vatican for help, to find that the only one who will listen to him is a young and powerless Jesuit priest (Mathieu Kassovitz).

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A handsome period production of fluidity and subtlety, intimate and large-scale.

  • 70

    Variety David Stratton

    Despite fine performances and the care lavished on the production, Amen. is never as emotionally powerful as it should be.

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    In the end Amen is neither as moving nor as illuminating as it should be. It suffers especially when compared -- as is inevitable, given the closeness of their release dates -- wit...

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