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Movie Review: The Counterfeiters

Alternate Title: Adapt or Die

Story: Just when you think there will be no more films to come out of the nightmare of the Holocaust we are presented with yet another story. And this one is terrific. This year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film is about Jews who collaborated with the Nazis in order not to be killed in the camps. Based on the autobiographical account by Adolf Burger, Austrian director and writer Stefan Ruzowitzky delivers a riveting tale that makes the viewer ponder long and hard about what he or she would do if faced with a similar dilemma. Collaborate, adapt or die.

The counterfeiting enterprise was called Operation Bernhard. The Nazi goal was to flood the world market with fake money (pounds and dollars) and cripple the economies of the US and Britain. Jewish printers, die cutters, bankers and counterfeiters were pulled from different camps to go to Sachsenhausen concentration camp in order to pull off this hoax that included false documents such as passports as well. These Jewish prisoners are fed, clothed, allowed some down' time and even get to shower. The moral dilemma is clear for some but not for others.

The film has nuances about this topic that are normally not brought to the big screen. If you like to see films about survival and also like to see all of the Oscar winners, check this one out. You will not regret seeing this film.

Acting: The entire cast is terrific including: Karl Markovics as Sally was wonderful as was, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach, August Zirner

Predilection: I like to see all of the Oscar winners. I actually voted for this film before I saw it. (good guessing).

Critters: Guess what? A German Shepherd

Food: Slop for the prisoners and feats for the Nazis.

Sex Spectrum: A little sex scene at the beginning but that quickly leads to encampment.

Soundtrack: The selection of music worked very well by Marius Ruhland

Visual Art: Cinematographer Benedict Neuenfels does a great job of filming the confinement and feel of the camps.

Theater Audience: About twenty people.

Squirm Scale: Can this subject get any more squirmy?

Drift Factor: I was riveted throughout the film.

Predictability Level: Moderate.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Apparently so.

Big Screen or Rental: Either would be fine.

Length: Under two hours