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The Testament (2017)

Yoel, a meticulous historian leading a significant debate against holocaust deniers, discovers that his mother carries a false identity. A mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth.

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Rina (as Hagit Dasberg Shamul)
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Daniel Adari ...
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Iréna Flury ...
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Lea
Miriam Gabrieli ...
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Irit Barak ...
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Yoel, a meticulous historian leading a significant debate against holocaust deniers, discovers that his mother carries a false identity. A mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth.

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While the story itself is fiction, it was inspired by events that occurred at the end of Word War II in Rechnitz, Austria. On the night of 24-25 March 1945, some 200 Hungarian Jews were murdered near Rechnitz, by a group of local notables who had gathered for a party at the castle of the Countess of Batthyany, born Margit Thyssen-Bornemisza. The party and the killing were organized by Hans Joachim Oldenberg, her lover. At some point during the evening guns were handed out. The 200 Jewish laborers, residents of the manor, were hunted down and killed. Afterwards the guests returned to the castle to continue the party. After the war the massacre was covered up. Residents boycotted an official investigation; one witness was murdered, and other witnesses died under suspicious circumstances. See more »

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A gem
3 November 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The synopsis and the explanation of the event that this is based on are on the website already, so to reiterate them is a waste of space. I will simply say that this movie works on a lot of levels. To give too much away will spoil what is a mystery story that unfolds slowly and carefully. But in particular, it is about a very devout person whose entire emotional and religious foundation erodes as he is trying to find evidence of a great crime that took place during WWII.

It also reminds us that things may not be what they seem, and that the responsibilities of giving testimony to real events may have an effect many years after they occur.

This movie is wonderfully written, acted and directed.


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