Jakob the Liar


Set in a Polish Jewish ghetto towards the end of World War II. A pancake vendor accidentally hears a forbidden radio broadcast. At first he tries to keep it to himself, but is then forced to use the news to help save a friend's life and give him hope.
Unfortunately, his plan backfires when his friend goes about telling everybody that Jakob has a radio, a possession severly restricted by the Nazis. Even though Jakob tried, nobody seemed to believe that he did not own a radio. He then starts telling people little white lies to calm their fears and to give them hope.


120 minutes.
Parental Guidance .
Comedy, Drama
Lie number 57: tell everybody that I have a portable radio!
Lie number 57: tell everybody that I have a portable radio!

Credits

Cast
Robin Williams, Hannah Taylor-Gordon, Eva Igo
Director
Peter Kassovitz
ScreenplayJurek Becker, Peter Kassovitz
MusicEd Shearmur
CinematographyElemer Ragalyi
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Made in1999
Produced byTriStar Pictures, Blue Wolf, Kasso Inc. Productions(

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Movies for Africa
Ian Douglas
14
Cape Argus
Adrian Monteath
5
Cape Argus
Owen Williams
10
The Star
Jay Carr
16
Die Burger
Paul Blom
10
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
Rapport
Barrie Hough
14
SA City Life
Tony Jackman
10
TV3 Screenplay
Barry Ronge
12
eye Weekly
Tom Lyons
1
Box Office
Annlee Ellingson
10
Rough Cut
Daysun Chang
11
Total Film
Neil Smith
5

What the People say

Internet
147 Netizens
12

Average .. 50%

10

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: Interesting film. My rating is higher than the foreign critics, maybe I was not polluted by ''Life is Beautiful'' which apparently deals with a similar theme. In fact, I don't think that this film is actually about the holocaust at all. Instead, it is an examination of human psychology, and how hope is sometimes the only thing that keeps us going. The subtext implies that the Old Testament prophets did much the same thing for the people of Israel during their dark times. The implications of THAT are far-reaching...






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