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A superbly thought provoking film... what would you do in the same situation?,
This review is from: The Counterfeiters  [DVD] (DVD)Superbly directed & acted, "The Counterfeiters" is a wholly believable recreation of the horror, mind-numbing tension and necessary survival instincts for those few who had any hope at all in a German concentration camp. The other reviews say it all but what, for me, made the film so good was the way it captured the day-to-day decisions facing these people and the incredible dichotomy they faced between self-preservation and what was "right". They know that by printing the highest quality forged dollar notes they're extending their own survival time but also the survival time of the Nazi regime - if they don't, they're condemning themselves to certain death. So, do they deliberately ensure that the bank notes are flawed and accelerate the fall of the Nazis but in the process sign their own death warrants... or, do they do what's required (which they know they can) and ensure their short term and, possibly, long term survival? Do they buy precious time even though they know that by buying it they're also perpetuating the horrors that surround them?
The brilliance of this film is in the way that it explores this incredibly complex situation. Who are the heroes here? Are they those who are prepared to sacrifice their lives to prevent the Nazis achieving their goals or are they those who are prepared to risk their lives to preserve the lives of the people who surround them? Deep stuff and, thankfully, a decision that none of us are likely to face. But, if we did... what would we do? "The Counterfeiters" asks the question and, as a result, is a supremely thought provoking film with no easy answers.