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Aro Recommended Believer, The


USA 2000, 98 minutes
Dir. Henry Bean
Rating: [R16]
Genres: Drama, Cult / Independent

Topics: Religion.


Aroview: The darker side of Jewish identity is examined in this risky, provocative drama about a disillusioned young man who tries to reconcile his repressed Jewish heritage with his dedication as a neo-Nazi activist.

The film, too, has divided loyalty – this is a drama that dares to challenge sacrosanct Jewish doctrine while maintaining a sympathetic edge, and though well researched and complex, is still likely to prove controversial (or at least a bitter pill) in Jewish quarters. If the scenario is more ‘dramatic’ than entirely plausible (though inspired by a true incident), the key casting of newcomer Ryan Gosling – in a visceral lead performance – makes one a firm believer.

Sundance - Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic)

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DVD Features

Featurette is a 30m. episode of the Sundance channel's "Anatomy of a Scene".

  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 1.85:1

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