Persian Lessons

2020, History/Drama, 2h 7m

15 Reviews Fewer than 50 Ratings

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A young Jewish man pretends to be Iranian to avoid being executed in a concentration camp.

Cast & Crew

Peter Beck
Nazi Doctor
Alexander Beyer
Camp Commandant
Felix Von Bredow
SS-Untersturmführer Siemens
Marcus Calvin
American Investigator
Nico Ehrenteit
SS-Obersturmführer Eugen Krupp
Luisa-Céline Gaffron
Jana
Andreas Höfer
von Dewitz
Ingo Hülsmann
SS-Sturmbannführer Farber
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
Gilles
Maximilian Anthony
American Soldier
Gareth McGregor
US Army Officer
Mehdi Rahim-Silvioli
Nathan
Ilja Zofin
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Vladislav Opelyants
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Critic Reviews for Persian Lessons

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (4)

  • Well made and well acted but Ilja Zofin's script is filled with well-trodden World War II tropes, and the longer this improbable parable goes on, the less convincingly it holds up.

    March 3, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It does feel like a packaged story, like a melodrama...it is played very well, with those two performances actually working surprisingly well...

    January 29, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The ending's a tear-jerker, but it's too little too late.

    January 26, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This fable about language and memory is a troublingly easy watch - though it floored me in the devastating final moments, unexpectedly acquiring great depth and seriousness of purpose.

    January 19, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Impressive ending and acting, though it has a wobbly handle on its characters.

    March 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The movie feels fraudulent, almost farcical at times, presenting an untenable premise and using it to rehash generic stereotypes about Germans, Jews and an event that claimed the lives of so many.

    February 23, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Well made and well acted but Ilja Zofin's script is filled with well-trodden World War II tropes, and the longer this improbable parable goes on, the less convincingly it holds up.

    March 3, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It does feel like a packaged story, like a melodrama...it is played very well, with those two performances actually working surprisingly well...

    January 29, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The ending's a tear-jerker, but it's too little too late.

    January 26, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This fable about language and memory is a troublingly easy watch - though it floored me in the devastating final moments, unexpectedly acquiring great depth and seriousness of purpose.

    January 19, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's got a powerhouse premise and strong performances that ultimately pull through despite his somewhat ham-fisted, self-important style.

    July 23, 2021 | Full Review…
  • With Biscayart and Eidinger giving their strongest performances yet, Persian Lessons manages to end on a note that's both gripping and heartfelt, making it one of the first hidden gems of the year.

    March 29, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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