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The Jewish Cardinal

2013 1h 36m Biography Drama List
88% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 71% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Jean-Marie Lustiger, a Polish Jew, maintained his cultural identity after converting to Roman Catholicism and joining the priesthood. Read More Read Less
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Rachel Saltz New York Times It holds your interest, even if Jean-Marie remains what he must be to Mr. Cohen: an enticing puzzlement, his faith a mystery. Apr 10, 2014 Full Review Diana Clarke Village Voice The Jewish Cardinal uses the luscious pleasures of the everyday to underscore and endure the big questions of identity, humanity, and home. Apr 9, 2014 Full Review Eve Tushnet Patheos The way he finds to live and to die as a Catholic Jew may not satisfy any of the film's characters, but I'll say that I found it really touching. Jan 23, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Laurent Lucas is brilliant as the titular hero. Rated: B+ May 18, 2014 Full Review Mike Scott Times-Picayune Can a person be two things at once? Yes. Not only is it possible, but it can be of value. Lustiger proved that,and The Jewish Cardinal underscores it. Rated: 3/5 May 15, 2014 Full Review Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Spirituality & Practice Portrait of a pioneer of multiple religious belonging. Rated: 3/5 May 12, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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Serge L This seems to be a TV movie. It explains his impacts in the 80s but it is not an epic journey. His life however was probably more epic. Lots of arguing but the film seems to lack poise. It is somewhat light like a comedy. Also, too much smoking by the church representants looks like sin nowaday. Although probably accurate, it does not convey the stress but rather a bad habit. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/18 Full Review Audience Member this film encompasses WW2, the holocaust, religious differences and family conflicts. As well as the 'politics' of the Vatican. Another great film for me, hopefully for you as well.this is true story about a Jew who becomes a Catholic and is so absorbed in the religion he moves on to priesthood and eventually becomes Cardinal of Paris. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member A smooth biopic about an enigmatic hybrid, a Jewish-born cardinal who becomes an adviser to pope John Paul the second. Though he has changed his name and his faith, he remains culturally identified with Jews. His father is heart-broken by his conversion, which seems to ignore the value of his mother's death in the holocaust. His attempts to remain true to his parents' memory are complicated by cold-war politics. The film shows the day to day life of priests, refreshingly free of clicheed romance (His cousin provides the only female presence outside of adoring parisioners). The hero does a good job of striding around energetically, shaking things up. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member One sided, laughably unauthentic portrayal of Polish side for someone who grew up there during those times. Painfully grotesque portrayal of John Paul II, untrue to his personality for those who knew him... Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member I've seen this movie and it was amazing. Glad I did ! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Great movie - Would see it a second time (on Netflix) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Jean-Marie Lustiger, a Polish Jew, maintained his cultural identity after converting to Roman Catholicism and joining the priesthood.
Ilan Duran Cohen
Joëy Faré
Ilan Duran Cohen, Chantal Derudder
Biography, Drama
Original Language
French (France)
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 14, 2016
1h 36m
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