I was forced to choose between this title and the Harold and Kumar sequel. Let me tell you, without even having seen the other one, I'm confident I made the right call with this foreign-language film.
Near the end of World War II, a group of Jewish inmates was hand-selected to work in a concentration camp print shop to produce passable counterfeit foreign currency. Nazi leaders secretly hoped to both flood the British market with fake bills to destroy its economy as well as finance the German army.
I find anything having to do with WWII and the Holocaust, though heartbreaking, extremely fascinating. Though the story is portrayed from a different angle than Schindler's List, with prisoners treated far better than in the typical camps, atrocities are still being committed around them. Each character must decide what is most important to him: surviving or doing what's right.
Even more amazing than the film's content is that the story is true. Though the dialogue is in German, the movie is filled with ultra-talented foreign actors and nothing is lost in the subtitles. It won Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Oscars and deservedly so. Not only does it delve deep into the souls of its characters but the DVD also includes a fascinating featurette (also in German) about one of the real inmates and what he did after he was released at the end of the war.
Go rent this one. Harold and Kumar can wait for another day.
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