IMDb puts this in the category of drama and war. But it is much more than that. This is a holocaust film and the prisoners in Auschwitz, many of whom are destined to gas chamber ask the basic question- “Why should God punish us, what wrong have we committed”?
Most of the prisoners are highly educated- ranging from doctors to philosophers to theologists. Some question even whether God exist and if so why God would be committing a terrible mistake of punishing Jewish people from time immemorial instead of coming to their rescue.
The film is set in eerie holocaust surrounding with background of the Nazi soldiers carrying on their duties outside. Amidst lot of debate and counter arguments, they decide to put God on trial and a courtroom is set up with a judge and counsels to argue their points. What follows is courtroom drama in a dilapidated Nazi dormitory. The counsels despite being aware of their hour of death well nigh profoundly take us through the complex questions and leave us spellbound for days to come.
Brilliantly written by Frank Cottrell Boyce with admirable performance by each of the prisoners.
The Points: 91-slightly biased because it’s theme is my favorite
The Whisky: Laphroaig 10 yo, CS, Green Stripe, 57.3%, OB 1st Edition +/- 1995.