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The movie is about Kurt Gersteein. He is a Waffen-SS officer employed in the SS Hygiene Institute. He is shocked when he knows that the process he has developed is now being used to kill Jews. He tries to inform Pope Pius XII about Jews who is sent to concentration camps. Only Young Jesuit priest Ricardo Fontana helps him.
20 May 1956, Berlin, Germany
22 July 1954, Constanta, Romania
14 August 1952, Bucharest, Romania
27 July 1967, Bucuresti, Romania
1 May 1953, Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
July 16, 2003Extremely heavy-handed, almost comically repetitious, and way too long.
March 14, 2003Amen., a docudrama rather than a documentary, is clearly guided by Shoah's example, asking us to reflect on the Holocaust and what made it possible rather than simply recoil from it.
May 01, 2003In a remarkably subtle turn, the German Tukur is convincing as [Gerstein].
August 01, 2003Costa-Gavras often shortchanges the story's inherent drama for talky and strident speechifying.
August 12, 2003Though such elements might chip away somewhat at Amen's seriousness of intent, they do add fire to the stimulating drama.
August 27, 2003Though Costa-Gavras brings nothing new to the table about the Holocaust, he puts another nail down in the argument that the world could have acted but didn't because of indifference.
June 27, 2003Tukur's performance is the centerpiece of the movie; it's a wonderful mixture of outrage and swiftly disappearing naivete.
August 01, 2003It's so inert, so slow-moving that it seems at least twice as long as it really is, and it manages to waste a potentially fascinating premise.
May 28, 2003Costa-Gavras' political thrillers used to jab and thrust with lethal efficiency. This one just pounds against a heavy bag, huffing and puffing all the way.
April 11, 2003What should have been agonizing in its impact comes off as wooden, perhaps because Costa-Gavras works in schematic fashion, spoon-feeding us issues while skimming the historical surface.
July 25, 2003Costa-Gavras deserves credit for staying the course; in a time when most European film directors are wringing their hands, he's still pointing fingers.
September 23, 2003a sputtering, wet firecracker