Excellent story, too dramatized
I enjoyed this movie, however I wish they had taken a step back on the hoakie dramatization of the brash American Jew entrenched in the haughty British legal system. The Holocaust, and defending it, is dramatic enough subject matter, it doesn't require uplifting music to spell out why the verdict and outcome were so positive.
The characters in the movie are so fun and enjoyable to watch; most likely because they are based on real people, and a true friendship and bond. Omar Sy's character is easily the most vibrant and likeable. It's fun to see the fish out of water aspects. Also it is touching to see how he sees through any imperfections of Phillipe, and brings him back to life by treating him as a human being with human needs and desires, instead of an invalid meant to be cradled.
This movie draws you in
Perhaps because of the way it was filmed, this movie instantly draws you in. I can't help but wonder how this woman so easily goes along with 4 men who appear kind, but sketchy from the get-go. As it unravels throughout the early hours of a Berlin morning, you connect with the characters and stand in awe at what each one is capable of and willing to do; assumably without thinking of the final consequences.
Important for boys, girls, men and women to watch and talk about
The subject matter in this movie is true, harsh and real. We need to use it as a tool in society to teach our boys as they turn into men that females are human. They are not to be abused, objectified or used. We need to use it as a tool for our girls to help them realize that we're all on the same team. Support your fellow women and help keep them safe by speaking out, standing up and believing instead of gossiping, belittling and doubting. We also need to use it as a tool to bring rape and sexual assult to the foreground in order to stop it before it starts.
Average rating: 7