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Adam Resurrected (2008)

R | | Drama, War | 12 December 2008 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Paul Schrader

Writers:

Yoram Kaniuk (novel), Noah Stollman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Goldblum ... Adam Stein
Willem Dafoe ... Commandant Klein
Derek Jacobi ... Dr. Nathan Gross
Ayelet Zurer ... Gina Grey
Hana Laslo ... Rachel Shwester (as Hana Laszlo)
Joachim Król ... Abe Wolfowitz
Evgenia Dodina ... Gretchen Stein
Tudor Rapiteanu Tudor Rapiteanu ... David
Veronica Ferres ... Frau Fogel
Idan Alterman ... Arthur
Juliane Köhler ... Ruth Edelson
Dror Keren ... Dr. Uri Slonim
Shmuel Edelman Shmuel Edelman ... Dr. Shapiro (as Schmuel Edelman)
Yoram Toledano ... Tarshish (as Yoram Tolledano)
Mickey Leon ... Golomb
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Storyline

"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

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A story of survival and redemption unlike any other. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing behavior, sexuality, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA | Israel

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adam Ben Kelev See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The lines read at the beginning by Jeff Goldblum are a translation from the 19th century German Jewish poet Heinrich Heine's "In Der Fremde" (In Exile) Heine was himself an exile, spending his last years in Paris. See more »

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Commandant Klein identifies himself as Untersturmführer (second lieutenant) but he wears collar tabs of Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel). See more »

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[first lines]
Adam Stein: I had once the beautiful Father Land. The oak tree grew so high there. Silence nodded softly. It was a dream. It kissed me in German. It spoke in German. You would hardly believe how good it sounded. The words, Ich liebe dich, I love you. It *was* a dream...
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Nachtviolen
Written by Franz Schubert
Soprano: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (as Elisabeth Schwartzkopf)
Piano: Edwin Fischer
By courtesy of EMI Music Germany GmbH & Co. KG
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A great escape from current reality
29 May 2009 | by rp-mccannSee all my reviews

While the purpose of the comments here (to my understanding) are to help folks decide if they wish to see a film, I for one do not understand why it seems so important for some reviews to be so specifically critical. In fact "Author: uncertain from Poland" said it best "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" or don't watch it. But to react in such a ugly manor at makes it appear you have the only correct opinion as to the rest of humanity that might wish to see it? I just do not understand.

While I may be just a "goy" and due to my upbringing, understand very little about the horrors and joys Jewish history. I for one found this film an excellent escape from my current reality. Showing yet another piece of "what could be", exposing more history that is too often swept under the rug. Isn't that what films are suppose to do? Provide some escape and provoke thought?

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

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

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


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