The film "Amen." examines the links between the Vatican and Nazi Germany. The central character is Kurt Gerstein, a member of the Institute for Hygiene of the Waffen-SS who is horrified by what he sees in the death camps. Moreover, he is shocked to learn that the process he used to purify water for his troops, by using zyklon, served as a basis to kill people in gas chambers.
|Release Date||:||February 13, 2002|
|Production Company||:||Renn Productions, TF1 Films Production, Canal+, K.G Productions, KC Medien, Katharina|
|Production Countries||:||France, Germany, Romania|
|Director||:||Costa-Gavras, Andra Barbuica|
|Writers||:||Costa-Gavras, Jean-Claude Grumberg, Rolf Hochhuth|
|Casts||:||Ulrich Tukur, Mathieu Kassovitz, Ulrich Mühe, Michel Duchaussoy, Marcel Iureș, Ion Caramitru, Friedrich von Thun, Antje Schmidt, Günther Maria Halmer, Hanns Zischler, Sebastian Koch, Monica Bleibtreu, Justus von Dohnányi, Pierre Franckh, August Zirner, Susanne Lothar, Michael Mendl, Nina Proll, Hinnerk Schönemann|
|Plot Keywords||:||vatican, pope, concentration camp, holocaust, schutzstaffel, nazis, nazi germany, doctor, conscience, catholicism, euthanasia|
Very interesting...I do not know how true the facts are, that were presented, but I think the movie is really worth a look. Especially, if we consider that it isn't a typical American movie...of course, that's because it isn't American! A movie that has, more or less, a very significant meaning and moral...we all know about the Holocaust...the terror, unleashed by the German nazi's. The madness of men. And here we have a movie, filmed in Romania, with this theme. A German SS officer, Kurt Gerstein(Ulrich Tukur), finds out about the crimes against millions of Jews. He decides to kind of sabotage the killings, and ultimately ends up, wanting to tell Pope Pie XII(Marcel Iures) about these crimes. He gets help from Riccardo Fontana(Mathieu Kassovitz), a Jesuit priest, in this matter. Riccardo's father is an important person at the Vatican(count) and so, he tries to help them. The story will be sad enough, and it will show the ignorance of the Catholic Church. If this is true, or it is not I can't say. But the movie is special, and touching. The trains have a very important role. Every time I saw them, I felt a shiver through my body, just because of the idea that they might be filled with people. The special effects could've been better. For example, when Riccardo goes to eat with his father and other personalities, you can see what seems to be the Vatican. But it is more than obvious that it isn't true. Of course, this is not very bothering... The music is absolutely perfect! I really enjoyed it, and I don't see who didn't! The actors were good, but there were some flaws, here and there. Costa Gavras, the director, did a very good job here, in creating an interesting movie. Despite the lack of much action, the film is pleasant, but shocking...well, how could it be if we consider the events? I think all should see this movie, especially because it's a good change from the American stereotype.