This was much better than I expected it would be. For some reason, the fact that it won Best Foreign Film in 2007 seemed like a sham to me. I don't know why. Maybe I just was writing it off as yet another holocaust movie makes good on Oscar night type deal.
The film is based on a true story of the Nazi effort near the end of the war to use concentration camp prisoners to make counterfeit money in an attempt to destabilize the Allies' economies and thus their war efforts. The lead counterfeiter/opportunist/scam artist Salomon Sorowitsch is a fascinating character. I want to read the book on which this was based to learn more about him.
I just wish that the harmonica score hadn't reminded me so much of Little Fugitive - it kind of took me out of the mood of the whole thing. One movie is a holocaust drama. And the other is a movie about a cute kid in Coney Island in the '50's. Two very different moods yet very similar scores.
Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky
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