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To call this a Holocaust film is like calling Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” a love triangle. You have some explaining to do.
Stefan Ruzowitsky’s “Flsher, Die,” or “The Counterfeiters” – 2008’s Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film – takes place in a German concentration camp near the end of World War II. But like all memorable films, its setting serves more as a stage or catalyst than as the answer to the question, “What is this movie about?”
In this case, the story isn’t about Jews or Nazis – or even degradation or the nuances of hope, although it’s hard to talk about genocide without these. More accurately, it tries to define what people mean when they refer to “the greater good.”
After all, there are different ways to be selfless. Do you risk everything for the men who surround you – your mates – or do you do it for your principles, for the faceless, imagined masses you will never meet? How great is great?
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