The Substance of Fire
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The Substance of Fire
In this adaptation of a stage play by Jon Robin Baitz, a successful head of a New York publishing firm unravels after the death of his wife. Isaac Geldhart (Ron Rifkin) is a German Jewish survivor of the Holocaust who has been emotionally scarred by the traumas of his childhood, during which he spent many days hiding in an attic full of books. He has grown into a demanding perfectionist of a businessman, but his company is failing despite a sterling reputation for quality. He becomes obsessed with publishing a four-volume work on the techniques used in the Nazi genocide. His son Aaron (Tony… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The actors are all fantastic in their roles, especially [Ron] Rifkin."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Suggests that there is no family wound that cannot be healed by love and forgiveness."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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