The Ninth Day (Der neunte Tag) (2005)



Critic Consensus: Fueled by tension-filled performances and dialogue, this Holocaust film brings up morally ambiguous, thought-provoking issues.

Movie Info

Acclaimed filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff directed this story of a war of words between a Nazi soldier and a man of the cloth. In 1942, Henri Kremer (Ulrich Matthes) is a Catholic priest who, like three thousand other Catholic clergymen, has been sent to the Dachau prison camp by Nazi authorities for espousing his faith and speaking out against the Axis leadership. Shortly after Kremer receives word that his mother has passed away, he's pulled from the ranks at the camp and sent to Luxembourg, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Eberhard Goerner, Andreas Pflueger, Volker Schlöndorff, Eberhard Gorner, Andreas Pfluger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 6, 2005
Kino International



as Abbe Henri Kremer

as Untersturmführer Geb...

as Marie Kremer

as Roger Kremer

as Raymond Schmitt

as Bischof Philippe

as Armando Bausch

as Father Laurant Koltz

as Father Marcel Bour

as Bishop Kozal

as Father Nansen

as Camp Commander

as Bertram

as Secretary Gerard Mer...
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Critic Reviews for The Ninth Day (Der neunte Tag)

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (20)

It's no wonder Schlöndorff favors close-ups; with Mattes on screen, The Ninth Day gets right to its emotional core.

Full Review… | November 11, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The Ninth Day is far from perfect, but is still thought-provoking and intriguing, a film that can begin its own kind of debate.

Full Review… | October 7, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Plays more like a philosophical debate than a war drama.

Full Review… | August 18, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

An accomplished, confident work.

Full Review… | July 23, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It just feels like too much over too little.

Full Review… | July 15, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

Schlondorff draws a telling picture of the ravished moral landscape that kept the wheels of the Holocaust turning.

July 15, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Ninth Day (Der neunte Tag)

A fabulous build up to a day when a priest must decide whether or not to be a collaborator for the Nazi regime or to go to death by opposing it. The tension builds towards the eventful day and the choice is not foreshadowed.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Gripping story about priests, concentration camps, and the quandry of Pious XII during world war II. Very well done.

Michael W

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