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God on Trial (2008)

Awaiting their inevitable deaths at one of the worst concentration camps, a group of Jews make a rabbinical court to decide whether God has gone against the Holy Covenant and if He is the one guilty for their suffering.

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Andy De Emmony (as Andy de Emmony)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Muir Joseph Muir ... Kapo (as Joseph Alessi)
Josef Altin ... Isaac
Ashley Artus ... Ricard
Alexi Kaye Campbell Alexi Kaye Campbell ... Doctor
Dominic Cooper ... Moche
Lorcan Cranitch ... Blockaltester
Stephen Dillane ... Schmidt
Rupert Graves ... Mordechai
François Guétary François Guétary ... Jacques (as Francois Guetary)
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Hugo
Agnieszka Liggett Agnieszka Liggett ... Tour Guide
Louise Mardenborough Louise Mardenborough ... Emily
Eddie Marsan ... Lieble
André Oumansky André Oumansky ... Jacob (as Andre Oumansky)
Blake Ritson ... Idek
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Wondering about the meaning and modalities of their triage, presumably to live or burn, Jewish Auschwitz barrack mates start to debate on how or why God can allow (his) people to suffer such fatal misery, which even further divides a devout father and his liberal son. They eventually form a Thora court, which hears theological argumentation as well as practical considerations. Written by KGF Vissers

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UK

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English | French | Polish | Hebrew

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9 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Hat Trick has employed a rabbi to consult on the script. See more »

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Tour Guide: Unfortunately our admission is not inclusive in your tour price, so sorry you must pay. But, um, the good news it's only 10 zlotas, so not so very bad.
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Worthwhile but wordy
4 September 2008 | by tonyjackieSee all my reviews

I watched his TV drama with interest and felt as though I understood a little bit more about Jews and their beliefs.Based on a true story,it tells of imprisoned Jews in Auschwitz awaiting death and deciding to have a trial to decide if God is guilty for their living hell.It is pretty compelling and also a history lesson as various men argue their case for or against God.I did struggle at times to follow the stories the men told as they related moments from Jewish history but there can be no doubt that there was a lot of research done.

There is an impressive cast including Jack Shepherd,Stellan Skarsgard and Stephen Dillane.All of the cast act their roles very well and special mention must go to Eddie Marsen as Lieble who tells the heartbreaking story of his three boys being taken from him by Nazis and giving him the impossible choice of saving one of them.Very impressive also is Antony Sher as Akiba.He says nothing for well over an hour but it is well worth the wait when he decides to speak.What he has to say comes as a shock and pretty much decides the outcome of the trial.

This is a well made drama.Perhaps there is a too much to take in and it is a bit too long.But it does show the agonies of men nearing certain death,desperate to make some sense of the horror they have lived through.


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