The Ninth Day (Der neunte Tag)
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The Ninth Day (Der neunte Tag)
Acclaimed filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff directed this story of a war of words between a Nazi soldier and a man of the cloth. In 1942, Henri Kremer (Ulrich Matthes) is a Catholic priest who, like three thousand other Catholic clergymen, has been sent to the Dachau prison camp by Nazi authorities for espousing his faith and speaking out against the Axis leadership. Shortly after Kremer receives word that his mother has passed away, he's pulled from the ranks at the camp and sent to Luxembourg, where he used to live and lead a congregation. While Kremer at first believes his well-connected… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's no wonder Schlöndorff favors close-ups; with Mattes on screen, The Ninth Day gets right to its emotional core."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"An accomplished, confident work."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"I'm not sure this film needed to be made, and in the end, it becomes plodding and predictable"
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"A fresh way to illuminate another worthy dark Holocaust story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Dark and depressing as the film is, it is thrilling to watch Henri work through his moral qualms as he battles the smooth tongue of evil."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The Ninth Day is far from perfect, but is still thought-provoking and intriguing, a film that can begin its own kind of debate."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"It just feels like too much over too little."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Impressively tackles the enduring dilemma inherent in dramatically depicting the enormous horror of the Nazi death camps, and meeting that challenge, oddly enough, in tacit admission of the very impossibility of that task."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"A morality thriller filled with heavy-handed allusions to the betrayal of Judas Iscariot."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The dark, rotting interiors and sunless winter skies create a festering atmosphere of unexpiated guilt as Kremer ponders the question of how a decent man is to navigate the rivers of hell."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Plays more like a philosophical debate than a war drama."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Schlondorff draws a telling picture of the ravished moral landscape that kept the wheels of the Holocaust turning."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"This powerful film celebrates individual acts of conscience in barbarous times."
‑ Erica Abeel, Film Journal International
"This low-key, talky Holocaust drama doesn't try to pummel viewers with visuals of the Nazis' atrocities, but what is described in dialogue is tough enough."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The film's effectiveness hinges almost entirely on the performance of Matthes."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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