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      The Confession

      PG 1970 2h 20m Mystery & Thriller List
      100% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 85% Audience Score 250+ Ratings In 1950s communist Czechoslovakia, a government minister, a war veteran who has long been a loyal party man, leads a relatively comfortable life with wife Lise. However, he soon finds himself under surveillance, then under arrest. He has no idea what his offense is, but agents for the totalitarian regime interrogate and torture him, aiming to use their unending power to gain a false confession for supposed crimes against the state. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times The structure becomes complex but never confusing, and Costa-Gavras always seems to be urgently on the move, wanting to tell us more than can be told. Rated: 4/4 Jul 7, 2018 Full Review Noel Murray The Dissolve The Confession exhibits signs of post-masterpiece fatigue, though it makes up for some of it with sheer gutsiness. Rated: 3.5/5 Jun 2, 2015 Full Review David Elliott Chicago Daily News It is a trenchant, harrowing movie, all bone and muscle, that seems not so much a drama or even a document as a replica, a cast lifted directly from the face of history. Oct 3, 2023 Full Review Armond White National Review Costa-Gavras and screenwriter Jorge Semprún’s approach doesn’t allow Kafkaesque sentiment, so the film stays tough and brilliant. Jun 17, 2022 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com Though less invigorating than the iconic Z, it remains a compelling depiction of a harrowing experience rarely caught so astutely in narrative filmmaking as it is here. Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 27, 2020 Full Review Tony Mastroianni Cleveland Press The movie is perfect in its attention to detail, in its casting of Montand as the political prisoner. Confession fails as entertainment while it succeeds as a statement. Nov 16, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Nicolas M A well acted and compelling lens on the Stalinist show trials, but it fails morally by disconnecting the trials from the barbaric history of global communism. That is a remarkable failing given the events in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany (among others) decades after Stalin's death and not unknown to the director and cast. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 12/07/23 Full Review Audience Member The split between Tito and Stalin (1948), in the late 1940s and early 1950s, was followed by show trials of prominent Communists all over Eastern Europe and the wave of Stalinist purges in which tens of thousands suffered or lost their lives. This movie is about the 1952 process in Prague, conducted against Rudolf Slánský and 13 other leading members of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (KSČ). The main protagonist - Anton Ludvik, aka Gerard, is based on Arthur London, veteran of the Spanish Civil War and the French resistance movement, who, at the time of the arrest, was vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia and a senior official of KSČ. Display of Stalinist torture and interrogation process in preparation for rigged political trial is very realistic. Based on actual events. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review andres s A very tough subject material to watch but a very important one at that. Seeing how conniving and evil parties can be just to get the information they want to hear out of someone, even if it isn't true, is a very frustrating but interesting thing to watch. And what's even more noteworthy, is that this really happens is still happening. Torture tactics and secret confession trials. The only problem I have is tat the movie could have been reasonably shorter. It felt like the confessions and the talking went on and on with no end. And being that this is a Costa-Gavras film, he probably did it intentionally to make the viewer uneasy. Well, it worked. Overall, very powerful political movie about construing the truth through confessions. Remarkable and pretty important film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A set of counter-truth emerged from their historical contexts. Not a word about McChartism that raged in the United States at the same time. Costa Gavras, convincing when he denounces fascism and racism, deceives in a doubtful film of American propaganda. Pity. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member The Confession is an exquisitely crafted dissection of political disintegration and anti-Semitism, using brilliant Gavras-style editing, a great Yves Montana and Simone Sigornet, and dark, murky sets to their fullest emotional potential and ultimately unsettle, thrill, and frustrate the audience. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member The master of the 1970s political thriller, director Costa-Gravis, followed up Z with this film. Set during the Soviet-orchestrated show trials in Prague Czechoslovakia in 1952 but with the shadow of the recent (1968) crushing of the Prague Spring by Soviet tanks, Costa-Gravas criticizes the imperial machinations of Soviet Russia and the immense human cost of empire-building. Yves Montand, Costa-Gravas' favorite leading man, plays a minister in Czechoslovakia's postwar Communist government, a man who fought against Franco in the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War and against the Nazis aiding the French Resistance in World War II. He is arrested, tortured, has his spirit broken and is accused of being a Troskyist, Titoist, Anarchist, and ultimately an agent of the United States undermining socialism in Czechoslovakia. He and others who served in the International Brigades are suspect by the Soviet "advisers," sent in to purge Czechoslovakia of reactionary elements. Montand plays a more sympathetic character here than the American CIA operative he plays in Costa-Gravas's State of Siege. Simone Signoret plays his wife. The film is suspenseful and well-photographed with postwar Czechoslovakia recreated in early 1970s France. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In 1950s communist Czechoslovakia, a government minister, a war veteran who has long been a loyal party man, leads a relatively comfortable life with wife Lise. However, he soon finds himself under surveillance, then under arrest. He has no idea what his offense is, but agents for the totalitarian regime interrogate and torture him, aiming to use their unending power to gain a false confession for supposed crimes against the state.
      Director
      Costa-Gavras
      Producer
      Robert Dorfmann, Bertrand Javal
      Screenwriter
      Jorge Semprún
      Production Co
      Fono Roma, Les Films Corona, Produzione Intercontinentale Cinematografica, Les Films Pomereu, Selenia Cinematografica
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      French (Canada)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 5, 2014
      Runtime
      2h 20m
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