A chillingly relevant, true-crime story that sent shockwaves through France.
Jerusalem Film Festival 2014 and the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.
This is a white-knuckle police drama about the real-life, anti-Semitic targeting of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Parisian-Jewish man who was kidnapped, brutally tortured and killed by a suburban gang, The Barbarians. This feature film is based on the book by Ruth Halimi, his mother, and is a gripping portrayal of a family torn apart and of an inept investigation by French police not willing to see the crime’s racial undertones. It is, ultimately, Ruth who realises the truth that the police are too slow to acknowledge: her son was targeted because he is Jewish, and the kidnappers assumed his family were wealthy. Backed by a terrific cast including Pascal Elbe.
110 mins/ French (English Subtitles)
— Alexandre Arcady
— Triumph of the Spirit