(175)7.22 h 11 min200213+
Amen examines the links between the Vatican and Nazi Germany. Kurt Gerstein, a Waffen-SS officer employed in the SS Hygiene Institute, is designing programs for the purification of water and the destruction of vermin.
Costa Garvas
Mathieu KassovitzUlrich MüheUlrich Tukur
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TafkaswfReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Good Movie, Raises Good Questions
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If you've heard that the Vatican knew the Jews were being slaughtered in concentration camps and you're curious about how the Pope responded, this movie is for you. If you're curious about whether some men in Nazi uniforms were sickened by their role in the slaughter, this movie is for you. If you're curious about how Vatican-connected priests worked with those sickened men in Nazi uniforms to expose the slaughter to the Vatican - and to try to get the Vatican to say something - this movie is for you.

Amen does a passable job of telling that the above things really happened. The scenes are well-filmed, and the sets are either beautiful and ornate as needed (the Vatican), or show utter death and destruction as needed (the camps; bombed-out Berlin). The story is easy to follow and moves along at a good pace. You know who the Good Guys are, you know who the Bad Guys are, and you know who the Failed Men are (hint hint, they're in Rome).

And the actors and actresses look appropriate for the parts they play. Amen's script also has the characters saying what people really said about the "rumours" of Jews being slaughtered off in remote camps, and what people really said to justify their involvement in it - or their tolerance of it.

One or two stars off, though, for pretty simplistic dialogue, the Righteous Priest being a bit too pretty and pure, and all those Nazi uniforms being spotless and well-pressed even out in the field and as The Third Reich was collapsing.

But I give Amen four stars also because it ends with a rarely-discussed, postwar topic: priests of the Catholic Church helping spirit Nazi War Criminals out of Europe after the war. The movie ends with a pro-Nazi priest helping the movie's most despicable Nazi War Criminal escape to Argentina. And Yes, that really happened. A lot.

So Amen is definitely worth a watch. You don't see this type of movie much, and it's based on fact.
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asoloReviewed in the United States on May 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is an important picture...and VERY well done.
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Tightly focused on limited personalities and sequences of 2-hour movies must be. It's a terric movie but certainly not a jolly one...pretty intense from start to finish. My only disappointment is there was no way cinematically to portray the actual width, breadth and depth of the church's complicity in Nazi atrocities. The movie is hard on the church...but not hard enough, IMHO. The Reichskonkordat (Concordat between the Holy See and German Reich) was signed 7/20/1933 and ratified 9/10/1933 making the Vatican the first legal partner of Hitler’s regime. At the end of WWII, Pope Pius XII successfully argued to keep the concordat in force and it has not been rescinded to this day notwithstanding the Vatican’s apologies for nearly everything else. The Vatican library still refuses to allow access to "secret" documents from the period.
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Student for LifeReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Very good.
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This movie is about a German officer and a Roman priest uniting to get the Pope's attention about what is taking place in concentration camps in regards to gas chambers. The very heroic pair risk their lives in order to save the Jews. I was inspired by the role of the priest who let his convictions guide his decisions. Not a very expensive production, but the plot is very good.
m.Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
a must see well documented movie
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I saw it the first time when it came out. I bought now for my family to see. Anyone interested in that period should see it. It is a great movie to understand what really happened while people were dying.
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James R. Buckwalter Jr.Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Can't get it from Netflix. I wonder why?
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Shows the complicity of the Allies and the Pope in allowing the Nazis to perpetrate the Holocaust upon European Jews and the one SS officer who tried to get the world to speak out. His witness and documents led to the conviction of many of the perpetrators at Nuremburg.
RescuepetsruleReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
almost true
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I don't know why they showed Gerstein as having 3 kids when he only had 1 daughter. Sad that he was not believed or trusted yet his evil superior gets help from the Vatican, as many Nazis did. Good movie though.
profilerReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Morally fraught
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This film like most by Costa-Gavras ask political questions and moral ones. In this case a chemist in Nazi Germany sees his method of water purification used to exterminate Jews and no wants to hear about it.
Diane & BillReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unpleasant truths about the Holocaust.
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Events were based on real life. Clashes between enemies and friends as to what could be done to stop the killing and alert the world that there was evil at work. Chilling to watch. Worth viewing.
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