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Adam Resurrected (2008)

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  • Genre: Drama | War
  • Release Date: 12 December 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 106 min
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  • IMDb page: Adam Resurrected (2008)
  • Rate: 6.2/10 total 1,903 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | War
  • Release Date: 12 December 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 106 min
  • Filming Location: Castel Film Studios, Bucharest, Romania
  • Budget: $10,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Paul Schrader
  • Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe and Cristian Motiu
  • Original Music By: Gabriel Yared   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Dog | Holocaust | Circus | Magician | Mental Institution

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Yoram Kaniuk  novel
  • Noah Stollman  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • Moni Moshonov was cast as Arthur but had to drop due to schedule conflict and was replaced by comedian-actor Idan Alterman.
  • Klein’s insignias, uniform and medals show he is part of the Werhmacht – the German Military – and not a member of the SS. This would indicate his importance was rather minor. Although it’s not a mistake, it is rather odd, as concentration camps were usually run my the SS, leaving the Werhmacht to run prisoner camps.

Goofs: Factual errors: The medal Commandant Klein wears around his neck is an Iron Cross first class with oak leaves and swords. This medal, awarded for merits on the battle front, was only given if the recipient already had the second class iron cross, which is nowhere to be seen.

Plot: In the aftermath of WWII, a former circus entertainer who was spared from the gas chamber becomes the ringleader at an asylum for Holocaust survivors. Full summary » |  »

Story: "Adam Resurrected" follows the story of Adam Stein, a charismatic patient at a mental institution for Holocaust survivors in Israel, 1961. He reads minds and confounds his doctors, lead by Nathan Gross. Before the war, in Berlin, Adam was an entertainer–cabaret impresario, circus owner, magician, musician–loved by audiences and Nazis alike until he finds himself in a concentration camp, confronted by Commandant Klein. Adam survives the camp by becoming the Commandant's "dog", entertaining him while his wife and daughter are sent off to die. Years later we find him at the Institute. One day, Adam smells something, hears a sound. "Who brought a dog in here?" he asks Gross. Gross denies there is a dog but Adam finds him–a young boy raised in a basement on a chain. Adam and the boy see and recognize each other as dogs–and their journey begins. "Adam Resurrected" is the story of a man who once was a dog who meets a dog who once was a boy.Written by Anonymous  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Yoram Barzilai known as line producer
  • Ehud Bleiberg known as producer
  • Marion Forster-Bleiberg known as executive producer
  • Ulf Israel known as executive producer
  • Guy Jacoel known as co-producer: Israel
  • Hildegard Luke known as co-producer (as Hildegard Lüke)
  • Eilon Ratzkovsky known as co-producer: Israel
  • Yossi Uzrad known as co-producer: Israel
  • Werner Wirsing known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jeff Goldblum known as Adam Stein
  • Willem Dafoe known as Commandant Klein
  • Derek Jacobi known as Dr. Nathan Gross
  • Ayelet Zurer known as Gina Grey
  • Hana Laszlo known as Rachel Shwester
  • Joachim Król known as Abe Wolfowitz
  • Jenya Dodina known as Gretchen Stein (as Evgenia Dodina)
  • Tudor Rapiteanu known as David
  • Veronica Ferres known as Frau Fogel
  • Idan Alterman known as Arthur
  • Juliane Köhler known as Ruth Edelson
  • Dror Keren known as Dr. Uri Slonim
  • Shmuel Edelman known as Dr. Shapiro (as Schmuel Edelman)
  • Yoram Toledano known as Tarshish (as Yoram Tolledano)
  • Mickey Leon known as Golomb
  • Moritz Bleibtreu known as Joseph Gracci
  • Benjamin Jagendorf known as Rabbi Lichtenstein
  • Theodor Danetti known as Blum
  • Gabriel Spahiu known as Taub
  • Luana Stoica known as Zelda
  • Coca Bloos known as Mrs. Lipowitz
  • Ioana Abur known as Woman with Doll
  • Ozana Oancea known as Institute Nurse
  • Maria Chiran known as Woman with the cap
  • Ana Benea known as Pinkie
  • Cristian Motiu known as Volk
  • George Remes known as Nazi in the crematorium
  • Constantin Florescu known as Nazi Soldier Train
  • Ion Arcudeanu known as Heinz (as Arcudean Ion)
  • Mohamad known as Old Bedouin
  • Moti Rozentsvaig known as Israeli kid in Haifa #1
  • Ilan Aviv known as Israeli kid in Haifa #2
  • Berivan Laura Haj Abdo known as Ruth Stein 19 years
  • Ana Geoanna known as Ruth Stein 11 years
  • Amina Abu Shanab known as Ruth Stein 5 years
  • Hanelore Bauer known as Lotte Stein 8 years
  • Mihaela Denisa Mallat known as Lotte Stein 2 years
  • Cristina Anghel known as Naomi Wolfowitz
  • Ehud Bleiberg known as David's Relative
  • Alexandra Savu known as Cabaret Musician #1
  • Mirela Dranga known as Cabaret Musician #2
  • Alexa Paraschiva known as Cabaret Musician #3
  • Georgeta Radu known as Cabaret Musician #4
  • Maria Dumitru known as Cabaret Dancer #1
  • Vatafu Alina known as Cabaret Dancer #2
  • Teodora Bencea known as Cabaret Dancer #3
  • Alexandra Vasilescu known as Cabaret Dancer #4
  • Mircea Illoara known as Cabaret WWI Veteran
  • Biet Gica known as Cabaret WWI Veteran
  • Dan Chiriac known as Laughing Nazi in Cabaret
  • Marilena Botis known as Night Club Go-Go Girl #1
  • Mihaela Jaglau known as Night Club Go-Go Girl #2
  • Giorgiana Voicu known as Night Club Cigarette Lady
  • Luiza Anatal known as Circus-Trapez Artist #1
  • Gina Burlascu known as Circus-Trapez Artist #2
  • Marian Marinov known as Circus-Tapez Floor #1 (as Marian Marinof)
  • Rodica Marinof known as Circus-Trapez Floor #2
  • Diana Poran known as Ballerina on Pony
  • Constantin Rotaru known as Circus-Clown #1
  • Vanda Rotaru known as Circus-Clown #2
  • Lucian Gavriluta known as Circus-Clown #3
  • Eugenia Leau known as Circus-Musician #1
  • Gladiola Lamatic known as Circus-Musician #2
  • Mircea Luculescu known as Circus-Musician #3
  • Laurentiu Grigorescu known as Circus-Musician #4
  • Liviu Popa known as Circus-Musician #5
  • Constantin Urziceanu known as Circus-Musician #6
  • Liana Margineanu known as Woman in the train (as Liliane Margineanu)
  • Vasile Albinet known as Nazi Soldier #1
  • Andrei Preorocu known as Nazi Soldier #2
  • Leonte Sergiu known as Nazi Soldier #3 (as Lionte Sergiu)
  • Ionut Mereuta known as Nazi Soldier #4
  • Dinu Mereuta known as Nazi Soldier #5
  • Cacinski. Vlad known as Nazi Soldier #6
  • Robert Cazan known as Nazi Soldier #7
  • Rolf Bitier known as Graveyard Beggar #1
  • Yakov Broomberg known as Graveyard Beggar #2
  • Michel Vazana known as Graveyard Beggar #3
  • Rammy Zrog known as Graveyard Beggar #4
  • Sam known as Rex
  • Yoram Kaniuk known as Man pulling the Strings (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Ioana Angelescu known as key makeup artist: Romania
  • Esther Ben-Noon known as key makeup artist: Israel (as Eti Ben Nun)
  • Sigalit Grau known as assistant hair stylist: Israel (as Sigalit Graw)
  • Lidia Ivanov known as key hair stylist: Israel
  • Lidia Ivanov known as key hair stylist: Romania
  • Moran Kadosh known as assistant makeup artist: Israel
  • Erwin H. Kupitz known as hair specialist: Mr. Goldblum, Romania (as Erwin Kupitz)
  • Adelina Popa known as hair assistant: Romania
  • Guy Warshaviak known as assistant makeup artist: Israel
  • Guy Warshaviak known as makeup assistant: Romania
  • Karma Ritchie known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Alina Stefan known as assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Benny Aper known as property master: Israel
  • Benny Arbitman known as set dresser: Israel
  • Anca Barsan known as painter #1: Romania (as Anca Birsan)
  • Denis Boerescu known as assistant set decorator: Romania
  • Octav Buculana known as swing gang: Romania
  • Gabriel Bucur known as lead man: Romania
  • Ovidiu Burulana known as swing gang: Romania
  • Cristian Capitanescu known as on-set dresser: Romania (as Cristi Capitanescu)
  • Crina Cartos known as construction coordinator: Romania (as Crina Cartas)
  • Scortanu Constantin known as swing gang: Romania
  • Mihaela Craiciu known as draft person: Romania
  • Serban Cristian known as swing gang: Romania
  • Sandu Cucu known as construction supplier: Romania
  • Alexandru Dinca known as assistant property master: Romania
  • Ido Dolev known as art director: Israel
  • Sarbu Eusebiu known as scenic artist
  • Marc Ewert known as storyboard artist
  • Viorel Ghenea known as property master: Romania
  • Puscariu Grigore known as assistant art director: Romania
  • Zvika Hen known as set dresser: Israel
  • Adrian Iancu known as swing gang: Romania
  • Karina Lange known as art department coordinator: Romania
  • Iasar Memedali known as buyer: Romania
  • Bogdan Miron known as swing gang: Romania
  • Gabriel Nechita known as set decorator: Romania (as Gabi Nechita)
  • Itzik Nofar known as construction: Israel
  • Florica Oprea known as on-set carpenter: Romania
  • Stelica Oprea known as on-set carpenter: Romania
  • Serban Porupca known as art director: Romania
  • Mihai Sava known as draft person: Romania
  • Eusebiu Sirbu known as painter #2: Romania
  • Udi Tugendreich known as assistant set dresser: Israel
  • Carmelia Tutulan known as set decorator: Romania
  • Ron Zikno known as property master: Israel
  • Ionel Popa known as propmaker (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • July August Productions (co-production)
  • 3L Filmproduktion
  • Adam Productions
  • Bleiberg Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • AON Jauch & Hübner KGaA  insurance (as Aon Jauch & Hübener GmbH)
  • ARRI Rental  camera and lighting equipment
  • Abbey Road Studios  score recording and mixing facility (as Abbey Rd Studios)
  • Adam Law Office  legal consultant: Israel
  • Alexander, Nau, Lawrence, Frumes & Labowitz  legal services
  • Bank Leumi  financial services
  • Castel Film Romania  production services: Romania
  • Crowley / Poole Casting  casting: UK (as Crowley/Pull)
  • D.B. Studios  sound studio
  • Dada Charisma Studio  wardrobe manufacturer: Romania
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Dortmunder Volksbank  financial services
  • Fauna a Film Praha  bear crew (as Fauna Film)
  • Honig Company, The  publicity
  • Hothouse Music  music supervision by
  • HypoVereins Bank  financing
  • HypoVereinsbank Berlin  financial services (as HypoVereinsbank)
  • Kodak  film stock
  • Liebermann-Aharoni Communication  public relations: Israel
  • Lion Orfitsky & Co.  cpa: Israel
  • MPRM Public Relations  public relations (as mPRm Public Relations)
  • Murphy PR  publicity
  • Panalight Studio  lighting equipment
  • Pictorion_das Werk  digital intermediate
  • Pierce Law Group  additional legal services
  • Publics PR  public relations: Germany
  • Rogers & Cowan  public relations
  • Ruhr Sound Studios  post-production sound services
  • Tonstudio Hanse Warns  foley stage
  • Unicredit, HVB Media Group  financing
  • Zettier Sound Design  sound design & editorial

Distributors:

  • 3L Filmverleih (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Image Entertainment (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • AQS (2009) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • AQS (2009) (Hungary) (all media)
  • AQS (2009) (Romania) (all media)
  • AQS (2009) (Slovakia) (all media)
  • Emerald (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Flashstar (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Horizon (2009) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Image Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • MG Film (2008) (Croatia) (all media)
  • Myndform (2009) (Iceland) (all media)
  • One Movie (2010) (Italy) (all media)
  • Trinity Filmed Entertainment (2012) (UK) (DVD)
  • Umbrella Entertainment (2011) (Australia) (DVD)
  • United King Films (2009) (Israel) (all media)
  • Valentim de Carvalho Televisão (2009) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Village Roadshow Greece S.A. (2009) (Greece) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Pictorion_das Werk (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Stefan Albertz known as 3D artist: PICTORION das werk
  • Florian Alt known as opening titles: PICTORION das werk
  • Tanja Bonensteffen known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk
  • Michael Brink known as visual effects producer: PICTORION das werk
  • Joerg Bruemmer known as lead digital compositor: PICTORION das werk
  • Joerg Bruemmer known as pipeline technical director: PICTORION das werk
  • Nicolas Bueren known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk (as Nicolas Büren)
  • Cania known as matte painter: PICTORION das werk
  • Thomas Deckers known as roto & data wrangler: PICTORION das werk
  • Alexander Eberl known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk
  • Lukas Gehner known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk
  • Sven Heim known as roto & data wrangler: PICTORION das werk
  • Arne Kiefer known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk
  • Saskia Klein known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk
  • Birthe Kohmanns known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk
  • Andreas Krieg known as 3D artist: PICTORION das werk
  • Michael Krämer known as digital compositor: PICTORION das werk
  • Martin Markert known as system administrator: PICTORION das werk
  • Christian Meckel known as system administrator: PICTORION das werk
  • Mathias Mietzner known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk
  • Sebastian Mietzner known as junior compositor: PICTORION das werk
  • Julia Mueller-Madaus known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk
  • Rolf Muetze known as CG supervisor: PICTORION das werk
  • Teni Noravian known as digital compositor: PICTORION das werk
  • Lena-Sophie Oberherr known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk
  • Martin Ofori known as digital compositor: PICTORION das werk
  • Moritz Peters known as digital intermediate colorist
  • Linda Pleschka known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk
  • Paul Poetsch known as compositing supervisor: PICTORION das werk
  • Armin Reisch known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk
  • Frank Richter known as scanning: PICTORION das werk
  • Benjamin Rosentreter known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk
  • Andreas Schellenberg known as visual effects supervisor: PICTORION das werk
  • Philipp Schneider known as visual effects editor: PICTORION das werk
  • Verena Schorn known as in-house coordinator: PICTORION das werk
  • Gerhard Spring known as film recording: PICTORION das werk
  • Tim Stern known as digital compositor: PICTORION das werk
  • Christian Wallmeier known as 3D artist: PICTORION das werk
  • Michael Wilke known as roto/prep: PICTORION das werk
  • Aline Windolph known as roto & data wrangler: PICTORION das werk
  • Frank Mirwald known as scanning (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 30 August 2008 (Telluride Film Festival)
  • Canada 10 September 2008 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • USA 4 October 2008 (Mill Valley Film Festival)
  • Israel 16 October 2008 (Haifa Film Festival)
  • USA 6 November 2008 (American Film Market)
  • USA 8 November 2008 (AFI Film Festival)
  • USA 12 December 2008
  • Germany 7 February 2009 (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • Germany 19 February 2009
  • Israel 19 February 2009
  • Portugal 13 March 2009
  • USA 20 April 2009 (Nashville Film Festival)
  • Denmark 23 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival)
  • Czech Republic July 2009 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 7 October 2009 (Gent International Film Festival)
  • Philippines 20 October 2009 (Cinemanila International Film Festival)
  • Poland 27 November 2009 (Warsaw Jewish Film Festival)
  • Italy 27 January 2010
  • Hungary 9 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • UK 26 April 2010 (Belfast Film Festival)
  • Argentina 3 October 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • UK 30 January 2012 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for some disturbing behavior, sexuality, nudity and some language

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. day_andy (day_andy@hotmail.com) from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 9:20 pm

    This is the best movie I have seen in a very long time. A completelyintriguing script, with some really good acting. Jeff Golblum isplaying a Jewish man and lands a powerful and extraordinaryperformance. Although he has faults at the beginning with the accent,he clearly improves during the movie. This is not a gruesome war movie.In fact, I didn't see one person murdered. It's a psychological dramathat revolves around the tormented soul that Jeff Golblum portrays. Atragedy mixed with really dark humour that will keep your attention forthe entirety of the film. It's rare that you see Hollywood actors doingsuch dark, confronting, art-house kind of movies, but this one worksand I'm going to recommend it to lots of people.

  2. jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa
    30 Mar 2012, 9:20 pm

    It all begins rather straight-forwardly. Stein was a clown and stageperformer in Berlin, a man without politics, working with his wife andchildren to bring joy to those who attended his shows. Throughflashbacks we see how his audience slowly becomes more and more Nazi,going from one stray soldier with swastika to a barroom full ofmilitary. He is eventually told he can no longer perform and, beingJewish, it is only a matter of time before he and his kin are placed ona train out of the ghetto and into a camp. Back in the present,however, his affable nature and overabundance of intelligence show aseemingly well-adjusted man, one the patients relate to, the doctorsrely on to bridge the gap between them and the survivors, and who hasseduced the head nurse, a woman half his age, into an affair that thehead doctor knows about and turns the other way. You see Dr. NathanGross (Derek Jacobi) feels he can help Stein, knowing that there issomething buried deep down inside him, a guilt we can only assume stemsfrom the fact that his family is nowhere to be seen. It appears he hassurvived while the rest disappeared. Only by giving him some freedomand trust can he begin to try and help.

    Stein uses his charm and charisma, that which made him such a successon the stage in Germany, to become the favorite of all—laughing withthe patients, not at them; engaging in his love affair with AyeletZurer's Nurse Grey; partaking in his secret stash of alcohol hiddenaway in every vent around the building; and just making the most of hisstay, as though it's all a vacation. That is until one morning when hehears a distant barking. Discovering there is a dog in thehospital—something he was promised from day one would never occur—hebegins to seek it out. Finally stumbling across the room with theanimal, he gets down on all fours and turns into a canine himself.Barking, drooling, lashing out at the staff, Stein is not as puttogether as we had once thought.

    This all now leads to the true nature of the film. I believe it is themost original tale of WWII and the Holocaust that I have seen. Whilemost these days focus on the camps and the battles and how much theyaffect those involved at the present, Adam Resurrected shows us thelong-lasting ramifications being treated as an inferior, as an animal,that the experience had. The film is all about the psychologicalscarring the war left on these survivors, from the abuse, the torture,the separation from loved ones, and even the fact that they are alivewhile so many are not. One may call Adam Stein a lucky man for theseries of events that transpired to him. Lucky that he was seen by aman for whom he read the mind of during one of his acts in Germany, aCommandant played by Willem Dafoe who took Stein under his wing to makehim laugh and forget about the horrible things he was doing; lucky thatall he had to do was pretend to be a dog, doing tricks for his masterwhile all the other Jews worked outside biding their time until death.Only when you see the toying that went on, Stein desperately attemptingto save his family, doing everything he is asked for by this man hesaved from committing suicide not long ago, do you see how much easierit would have been if he had just been killed.

    Goldblum's Stein is a tour de force, a performance he spent a yearresearching and preparing for. This broken man has all his armorstripped away by the barking of some thing hidden under a sheet in aroom. It is either a dog or maybe someone like him, someone degraded somuch that he has become an animal in appearance as well as in spirit.Goldblum plays the magician to perfection, his quirkiness lendingitself to the clownish way he goes about his life, but portrays thetortured soul to great effect too; a man able to control his own body,making it bleed, making it get sick, destroying himself over and overagain as he does his best to help those around him, not yet in ahealthy enough state to help himself. Utterly believable and completelytransformed in his character, Adam Stein is whom we see on screen. AHolocaust survivor only starting to overcome the pain and sorrowinflicted upon him during the war and after, a man coming to grips withthe fact that his name is not Stein but the number burned into his arm.

    I credit Schrader for directing a stellar film, allowing Goldblum toreally perform his heart out for the duration, a time span for which heis in frame almost 100% of the time. The attention to detail isimpeccable, right down to the toy train at the hospital, a locomotivethat gets under Stein's skin, perhaps a little too much until we areshown the flashback to the train that transported the Jews, both exactreplicas of each other, making that toy a symbol of his incarceration.Adam Resurrected is truly a story of his journey to find salvation, forhimself and those around him. A great line comes from a response to oneman's quest for God as follows, "God is out to lunch. He left a note;it's on your arm." Maybe God abandoned them all as he sat back andwatched the atrocities occur, but these people, the doctors, patients,and Stein especially, won't give themselves that luxury. They are therefor the long run, doing their best to survive and cope with the factthat they still have the gift of life, hopefully with enough time tomake something of it.

  3. marksalerno1982 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:20 pm

    Jeff Goldlum does the best "Jeff Goldblum" in the business. If you hirehim to do a "Jeff Goldblum" performance, it's like money in the bank.But _Adam Resurrected_ is not that. Goldblum's Adam is a nuanced,unpredictable and intelligent piece of work, the best of his careerthus far. Indeed, the film as a whole represents a welcome return toadult themes and emotions. Sorrow, loss, power, human dignity, andhuman degradation are but some of the themes at work in Schrader'smovie. Happily, we are not handed a tidy resolution (with the requisite"redemption" at the end), but a deep sense that life is a complicated,conflicted and layered experience. See this film when and if you gettired of CGI effects, Ben Stiller fart jokes and "the genius of SethRogen."

  4. ZenShark from Pakistan
    30 Mar 2012, 9:20 pm

    I am surprised at the hatefully negative reviews this movie has gotten.But then I suppose anything that handles a truly dark subject matter,and doesn't spoon feed the audience doesn't get much praise.

    This movie is excellent with excellent performances. I didn't mind theaccent because it doesn't matter. The meaning of the movie, and themetaphors of film employed are brilliant.

    The movie details the struggle of a former circus performer andcelebrity with his guilt over surviving his family in the holocaust.Goldblum portrays a man who finds insanity more comfortable thensanity, because sanity brings with it sad truths.

  5. rp-mccann from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:20 pm

    While the purpose of the comments here (to my understanding) are tohelp folks decide if they wish to see a film, I for one do notunderstand why it seems so important for some reviews to be sospecifically critical. In fact "Author: uncertain from Poland" said itbest "turn it off" but left out the most important part. That is His(or) Her opinion. So some did not like the film, then "turn it off" ordon't watch it. But to react in such a ugly manor at makes it appearyou have the only correct opinion as to the rest of humanity that mightwish to see it? I just do not understand.

    While I may be just a "goy" and due to my upbringing, understand verylittle about the horrors and joys Jewish history. I for one found thisfilm an excellent escape from my current reality. Showing yet anotherpiece of "what could be", exposing more history that is too often sweptunder the rug. Isn't that what films are suppose to do? Provide someescape and provoke thought?

    "Never Again" rings so true, and those that some how managed to surviveand continue I would imagine would all applaud the combined efforts ofall the actors, directors, and staff for producing such a great film.

    If you do not like what you are seeing, stop looking, change thechannel, if one has to be so negative (to sleep at night) I feel sorryfor them. But attempt to control what I can view and think? Well, thatis a battle left alone, as I tire of stooping to their level toacknowledge them. While everyone does have a right to their point ofview, too many seem to think the world revolves around them, and notaround us.

    I have been a fan of Mr Goldblum for many years, and this is (in myhumble opinion) his best performance yet! I will be so verydisappointed if he is not awarded an Academy Award for his performancein this movie. Dark as it may have been. Well worth seeing.

  6. lastliberal from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:20 pm

    Willem Dafoe is now Commandant Klein, and he is in charge of aconcentration camp. Previously, he was a guest at a show of one ofGermany's greatest clowns, Adam Stein (Jeff Goldblum), and now Steinstands before him in his camp. He graciously agrees to free Stein if hedoes two things, (1) act like a dog for his amusement, and (2) play theviolin while his wife and daughter march to their deaths in the gaschamber.

    Having lost his humanity, Adam is in and out of mental institutionswhile living in Israel. The patients love him, the doctor (DerekJacobi) is fascinated with his case, and the head nurse (AyeletZurer)wants his body – why, I could never figure out.

    Adam comes upon a young boy (Tudor Rapiteanu) in the cellar of theinstitution and begins a transformation that not only cures the boy,but restores his humanity.

    The back and forth flashback may be disturbing to some, but it isessential to the story, and gives us a chance to enjoy the excellencethat Dafoe brings to the screen.

    Goldblum is excellent, as he always is.

  7. ween-3
    30 Mar 2012, 9:20 pm

    Intriguing and surreal movie with an outstanding performance by JeffGoldblum, whose name should have been in the mix for any number ofacting awards for this film. Holocaust-related movies generally don'tget deliver box office results, but this is a strikingly good treatmentthat deserves a wider audience. Watch it and get the word of mouth outthere.

    Paul Schrader, whose had a hand in more than a few films about humandarkness, creates an intriguing film here. The "arms" scene at towardsthe end of the film is worth the price of admission on its own. Rightup there with "I am Spartacus" or the "I'm still here, you bastards"last line from "Papillon". Powerful stuff. Derek Jacobi, Willem DeFoe,Ayelet Zurer, a frighteningly good Romanian kid named Tudor Rapiteanu,and the rest of international cast do yeoman's work.

    Always been a fan of Jeff Goldblum's read on a line…and he's at thetop of his game in "Adam".

  8. Gecq from Germany
    30 Mar 2012, 9:20 pm

    This is a highlight. "Adam resurrected" is a powerful narration about aGerman-Jewish Holocaust survivor and his struggle to cope with histraumata in a psycho-therapeutic clinic in Israel. Adam Stein, ourprotagonist, embodied by Jeff Goldblum, has survived a Germanconcentration camp but lost his family. An SS-officer made him live andbehave like a dog and it is only when another dog-like being arrives inthe clinic that Stein finds a way to escape his manic world of excess.An extraordinarily mighty and brilliant performance by Jeff Goldblumwho carries the whole movie to a difficult, funny and intenseexperience.

  9. dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York
    30 Mar 2012, 9:20 pm

    Paul Schrader's latest film concerns Adam Stein, a patient in a mentalhospital caring for those who suffered during the Holocaust. Adam wasonce a great comedy performer known through out Germany. Haunted by thepast when he had to act as a dog for the Commandant of the camp as wellas play violin for the prisoners as they went into the gas chambers,Adam is just trying to get by. He refuses to deal with his past until asmall boy who thinks he's a dog shows up at the hospital.

    The film is more magical realism than stark reality (Adam has a psychicability) and is more an allegory of the the struggle of people tosurvive. It is a Holocaust tale to be sure, but the implications of itsthemes apply to everyone's life. Are we all not a little mad? Are weall not locked in our own prisons? I'm not sure the film is whollysuccessful in exploring all of its themes but at the same time it isone huge helping of food for thought.

    The real find of the film is Jeff Goldblum. Sure we all knew he is agreat actor, but I for one never really knew how great he was. Here hegoes through every emotion imaginable. He is funny and touching andheart breaking and human. He becomes Adam Stein, disappearing into therole so completely that you stop thinking its an actor and instead seehim as the character. Its a masterful performance that unjustly gotoverlooked by the Oscars.

    If you want to see a fantastic performance in a dark, but hopeful tale,see this film. It will stay with you.

  10. mdshualy from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:20 pm

    To deal with the inconceivable you need to create a vocabulary thatextends beyond the conventional. The powerful performances, theextraordinary literary devices and the sublime directing and editinghelp enormously. The end result, a satisfying glimpse into theineffable is achieved by providing a vision, revealing a landscape thatdefies revelation. An unique and necessary achievement. An artisticcollaborative triumph of the spirit. The difficulties in theconventional narrative are actually an opportunity to explore facets ofthe spectrum human behavior, from the animal/dog, human and the divinewithin. Most helpful was the extras on the DVD that provided additionalbackground. BRAVO! And now part II please.

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