I Second That Blog Post: More On “The Counterfeiters”

This post over at Valerie and Her Week of Wonders reminded me about my “best of” post for 2007 and how The Counterfeiters was a film I saw in ’07 but was likely to make my 2008 list. Well, here it is, 5 months in and Stefan Ruzowitzky’s film is still firmly in my 2008 top ten. Then again, there are likely a hundred or more films for me to see in the next 7 months, so who knows?
What I know so far is that it’s not only an exceptional little gem of a film, it’s one that’s, gasp!, doing well at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, the film has grossed $5,039,883, as of last weekend, placing it 52nd all time for foreign-language releases, a ranking that’s sure to improve, as the film is still doing relatively well at the box office. The guys at Sony Pictures Classics certainly know how to release a foreign-language film.
As for the film, it’s a subtle drama and morality play set amidst the horrors of the holocaust and it paints its characters in shades of gray, a particularly difficult and risky thing to attempt when dealing with this subject matter.
If you haven’t seen this film, I urge you to hit your local arthouse or multiplex, like say, this one in Anchorage, Alaska and see this excellence in film making.

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