A young Jewish man pretends to be Iranian to avoid being executed in a concentration camp.


Vadim Perelman


Ilja Zofin (screenplay) (as Ilya Tsofin), Wolfgang Kohlhaase (novel)
2,280 ( 192)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart ... Gilles
Lars Eidinger ... Klaus Koch
Jonas Nay ... Max
David Schütter ... Paul
Alexander Beyer ... Camp Commandant
Andreas Hofer ... Adjutant von Dewitz
Leonie Benesch ... Elsa
Luisa-Céline Gaffron Luisa-Céline Gaffron ... Jana
Nico Ehrenteit Nico Ehrenteit ... SS-Obersturmführer Eugen Krupp
Giuseppe Schillaci Giuseppe Schillaci ... Marco Rossi
Antonin Chalon ... Jacob Rossi
Serge Barbagallo ... France KAPO
Peter Beck Peter Beck ... Nazi Doctor
Felix von Bredow Felix von Bredow ... SS-Untersturmführer Siemens
Pascal Elso Pascal Elso ... French Policeman


1942. Gilles, a young Belgian man, is arrested by the SS alongside other Jews and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but then Gilles is assigned a seemingly untenable mission: to teach Persian to Koch, the officer in charge of the camp's kitchen, who dreams of opening a restaurant in Persia (Iran) once the war is over. Gilles finds himself having to invent a language he doesn't know, word by word. As the unusual relationship between the two men begins to incite jealousy and suspicion, Gilles becomes acutely aware that one false move could expose his swindle.

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1 January 2021 | by TheInfiniteFormulaSee all my reviews

I enjoy watching movies, have always done. But my joy of doing so has been trashed by the constant destruction of this beautiful art by the corrupt Hollywood in the last three decades, where most movies don't necessary represent the seventh art.

Vadim Perelman brings back the joy of watching movies back into my living room. After making the wonderful 'House of Sand and Fog', he's come back again with yet another beautifully done masterpiece. The directing, acting and the story telling are of the high level of it's own. He apparently (kind of) enjoys making movies about the Persians and the rich and beautiful language and culture of this ancient civilisation. Let the movie flow into your brain and heart and enjoy the heart warming and moving story between the....

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