Peter Kassovitz Jakob the Liar (1999)

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Jakob the Liar is a movie written by Jurek Becker and directed by Peter Kassovitz.


It's 1944, and a German occupied Poland. The Jews are cast out into ghettos and dying everywhere. But, where there is peril, there is hope.

Jakob is a Jewish man in a ghetto that looks like a functioning town… after a war went on. A rumor is started that Jakob has a radio. With this radio, he brings new hope to the people in ghetto's, and brings trouble his way. The Germans catch word of this and take action.


There is a lovely cast of nondescript actors in this movie. The actors portray the characters very well. I think when creating this move, the creator had a certain vision of how he wanted everything to kind of blend into each other. A sea of endless gray blending into a looming wall of hopelessness.


Overall, Jakob the Liar has moderately good sound. But the movie itself is muted and sort of washed out, so the audio is very fitting to the movie.

Having muted sounds makes you listen more, and it makes one more attentive to the entire movie.

The music score is pretty good, all the selected pieces fit well with the movie. A kind of music that doesn't intend to be sad but comes across as sad riddles the movie.


The movie, despite itself, has very nice looking graphics. You may not realize it while watching, but the movie can hold its own. Whilst it doesn't have awesomeness right out there, it does have nice raw visuals - you have to look at to see them. I know it sounds dumb...

The movie just brings in realness, a certain thing that makes it seem surreal but real at the same time. In a ghetto, there is decay and death and gray everywhere, the movie doesn’t try to hide that, it implements that aspect with making the characters look monotone and gray as well.


Jakob the Liar is a good movie to watch a few times, but only that. I think the storyline is what makes it good. It just has a total sense if hopelessness. A view into the Jewish world at that point in time.

But also, it has a current of overpowering hope in the face of absolute defeat.
Keywords: ghetto, wwII, world war 2, german occupation, poland, jews
Sound & Graphics Average
Entertainment Value Very Good
Replay Value Average
Plot Excellent
Genre Drama, War
Starring Robin Williams, Hannah Taylor-Gordon


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