Jakob the Liar / Iacob Mincinosul (1999)

Ati vazut vreodata cum se raspandeste un foc intr-o preerie? Acum imaginati-va cum se poate raspandi speranta si dorinta de viata in ghetoul din Varsovia, in al doilea razboi mondial. In atmosfera sumbra si plina de teama, vestea ca in lagar ar exista un aparat de radio galvanizeaza instantaneu sufletele si mintile tuturor. Cu totii sunt atat de dornici de vesti din lumea din afara ghetoului si mai ales de vesti bune legate de apropierea armatei ruse care sa-i elibereze, incat sunt dispusi sa accepte orice amanunt, indiferent cat de neinsemnat, orice idee, oricat de nebuneasca, orice cuvant, oricat de lipsit de semnificatie reala, care ar putea sa insemne ceva bun pentru ei, pentru viata lor.

Filmul este plin de momente si reactii comice, de replici acide si de infruntari intre temperamente si mentalitati. Exista insa si momente pline de sensibilitate, de frumusete si de iubire neconditionata, de demnitate si de sacrificiu personal.

In final, speranta daruita celorlalti ramane darul suprem. Caci ea, speranta, e cea care le poate da o sansa. Azi stim ca, in marea lor majoritate, evreii din ghetoul din Varsovia au fost ucisi, acolo, in ghetou sau in lagarele ingrozitoare unde au fost transferati. Dar daca macar o viata, daca macar un om, electrizat de speranta, a reusit cumva sa scape cu viata, atunci sacrificiul a meritat.

Un film la care razi, plangi, razi din nou, te temi, te bucuri, te afunzi in disperare, te inalti in speranta.

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Have you ever seen fire spreading around in a prairie? Imagine how hope and a burning desire for living spread inside the Warsaw ghetto, during the Second World War. In a dark and fearful atmosphere, the possible existence of a radio instantly captures everyone’s minds and souls. They’re all so keen to hear news from the outer world, especially good news about the Russian troops coming to save them, that they’re willing to accept any detail, no matter how small, how crazy, any word, no matter how insignificant, anything that might mean something good for them and for their lives.

The film is filled with funny moments, rough lines and battles between personalities and mentalities. There are also sensible and beautiful moments, gestures of unconditional love, of dignity and personal sacrifice.

In the end, hope given to others remains the ultimate gift because it’s the one that might give them a chance. Now we know that most of the Jewish people the Warsaw ghetto where killed there or in the horrible concentration camps they were sent to. But if at least one human, one life, managed to escape thanks to hope, then it was worth the sacrifice.

It is a film that makes you laugh, cry, laugh again, fear, rejoice, despair and lift your spirit in hope.

Jakob the Liar / Iacob Mincinosul (1999)

  • Directed by / Regia: Peter Kassovitz
  • Written by / Scenariul: Peter Kassovitz, Didier Decoin
  • Cast / Distributia: Robin Williams, Bob Balaban, Alan Arkin, Liev Schreiber, Nina Siemaszko

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