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The Ninth Day (Der Neunte Tag) (2004)

  Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff
Written by: Eberhard Görner, Andreas Pflüger
Starring: August Diehl, Ulrich Matthes
Links: The Ninth Day on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Based on True Story

This movie gets: 10.00 (1 rating)
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"Nine Days ...and counting." - a review by thestudent

Initially set in the German World War 2 Dachau concentration camp, this true story manages to keep the audience at once captivated and uneasy throughout the telling of one of the most morally challenged tales of WW2.

A native of the tiny principality of Luxembourg, Reverend Kremer (Ulrich Matthes) is one of a group of clergy who are interned at Dachau during the war, as a result of their activities, of varying severity, against the Nazi European occupiers.

Unexpectedly, Kremer is released back to his family in Luxembourg - but he soon finds that he has a challenge facing him. He has nine days to convince the Bishop of Luxembourg to cease his quiet resistance to the Nazi occupation, or return to the concentration camp after the ninth day.

His debate with SS officer Gebhardt (August Diehl) is a highlight, as the torn Kremer weighs up the seeming inevitability of Nazi victory against his desire to save himself and his fellow clergy back in Dachau.

This inspiring drama never once falls into the trap of beating the audience over the head with concentration camp horrors, but merely accentuates the fear and torture the hamstrung Kremer relives as he makes his decision over his torrid nine day release.

The climax of this film is gripping, and asks the audience to examine their own beliefs, both moral and religious. The production values are on a par with the beautiful acting, as the Reverend and his SS keeper waltz through a religious debate with the highest of stakes attached for both.

thestudent gives this movie 10 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 5 Aug 2005

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