“The Believer”- movie review
Posted by kneidalach on October 12, 2007
The Believer is a daring and gripping portrayal of a young Jewish man living an impossible contadiction as a neo-Nazi. Inspired by real events, the film tells the story of Danny Balint (Ryan Gosling) and his struggle between destroying his own people and being drawn back to Judaism.
(From the back of the DVD)
*Winner of the Grand Jury Prize of Sundance Film Festival.*
A very strong film, amazing acting, and powerful ideas and themes.
Danny is a self hating Jew- he puts a bomb in a synagoge, but tries to save a scroll of Torah. The film explores the deep connection people may have with their past and their roots, no matter how they’re trying to run away from them.
One of the details that really bothered me, however, is the set up of Jewish practices.
One of the shuls he attends clearly looks like a coverted theater, or church-like looking room, rather then a synagoge, and another one he attends, seems very reform.
As you might know I’m not a complete supporter of the reform movement, so it seems that if this movie was to educate people about Jewish practices, it could be misleading.
Other than that, it’s a very recommended movie, I got it from the Sunnyvale public library, but you can probably find it in netflix.