The Ninth Day

Rated NR 2005

A powerful film from Academy Award-winning German director Volker Schlöndorff (The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, The Tin Drum), this fact-based historical drama concerns a Catholic priest imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp for anti-Nazi activities. German actor Ulrich Matthes gives a haunting performance as Father Henri Kremer, a character based on Belgian theologian Father Jean Bernard, who was released from Dachau for nine days because the Nazis hoped he could convince the staunchly anti-Nazi Bishop of Luxembourg to cooperate with occupation forces. If Kremer succeeds, he'll be released from Dachau. If he fails, his family will be at risk, and he will be returned to the horrors of the death camp. Matthes, who gave a chilling performance as Joseph Goebbels in the recent film Downfall, is every bit as convincing here, playing a shell-shocked, conscience-stricken man who is facing a terrible moral choice. A little-known, deeply moving chapter in the history of the Holocaust. Beautifully shot and directed.

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