The Statement

According to several critics this film is definitely not for everyone. It is a very slow process of building the story, and any suspense that should come with it. There are few actors who could portray the squirmy soul of a war criminal as well as Michael Caine and even less who could still make one feel a kind of disgusted pity watching his remorse and self-condemnation. This is a serious picture, based on the novel by Brian Moore that covers the well-worn territory of the Holocaust, the terrible crimes of the past, the activities of current day organization to reveal war criminals and the efforts of a right-wing Catholic Church organization to forgive and forget.

Here are some of the basic plot lines-but don't worry, it unfolds so slowly you cannot possibly miss anything. The film starts with some beautiful cinematography, using grainy black and whites in the dark of night to portray the violence and betrayal of human morality. It is Dombey, France, in 1944 and Pierre Brossard (Michael Caine), a young officer in line with Nazi forces of Vichy Milice, gives the order for the execution of 7 Jews. This action proceeds to haunt him and causes others to hunt him for the rest of his life. In the current days Brossard lives under the protection of the Chevaliers, a strange organization in the Catholic Church. He is hunted by a vigilante group of Jews who are determined to assassinate him and leave a statement claiming his death is for the Vichy Jews. To make matters worse, in the Palais de Justice in Paris, judge Anne Marie Livi (Tilda Swinton) opens her investigation of Brossard who has now been charged with crimes against humanity. Anne Marie enlists the aid of Colonel Roux (Jeremy Northam) to discover who has been sheltering Brossard for all these years. Even though he's old and whiney, Brossard is pretty good at escaping and hiding from everyone, killing who he has to and suffering the consequences of a guilty soul. The movie goes along, things happen (slowly) and Brossard suffers for his past and present actions. The ending isn't overly surprising, it just takes a while to get there. This is a movie that will appeal to a very select crowd and you probably know who you are ahead of time: patient, thoughtful and intellectual.

Special Features:
– Deleted scenes
-An insightful interview with the star of the film Michael Caine and director Norman Jewison…also a thorough commentary of the film through the eyes of the director.
-Featurette: "The making of The Statement"

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