Ninth Day, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Quietly compelling drama about a Catholic priest (Ulrich Matthes) temporarily released from a concentration camp and returned to his native Luxembourg, where a young SS officer (August Diehl) informs him that he has nine days to convince the staunchly anti-Nazi bishop to sign a letter supporting Hitler, leading to a battle of wills in which the priest must choose between survival and the dictates of his conscience. Loosely based on the prison diaries of real-life Luxembourg priest Father Jean Bernard, and intelligently directed by Jesuit-educated German filmmaker Volker Schlondorff, the picture is an emotionally forceful and morally complex meditation on faith, redemption and the cost of true discipleship. Subtitles. Several images of sadistic violence, including a crucifixion, as well as some crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. Not Rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.
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