The Debt (2007)





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As her retirement unfurls, ex-Mossad agent Rachel (Gila Almagor) unexpectedly comes face to face with a long-buried demon from her past in Israeli director Assaf Bernstein's haunting psychological thriller The Debt. Though Rachel lived out a central intelligence career packed with one earth-shaking climax after another, the highlight undoubtedly arrived in the mid-'60s, when she and colleagues Ehud and Zvi joined forces to successfully track down and exterminate a long-elusive Nazi war criminal ominously nicknamed "The Surgeon of Birkenau." Now, the mid-'90s have arrived, and Rachel attends the party to celebrate her recently published memoirs. Zvi suddenly crops up for the first time in years, with a haunting and compelling account of an elderly gentleman in a Kiev, Ukraine nursing home, who insists that he is actually the "real" surgeon. Director Bernstein co-mingles 1960s spy film visual style with the tale of a woman in her golden years summoned to perform one last mission, checking off an assignment left unrealized. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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Edgar Selge
as Max Rainer
Gila Almagor
as Rachel
Neta Garty
as Young Rachel
Itay Tiran
as Young Zvi
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A suspenseful, well-acted, ambivalent yet contrived film about horror and secrets which uses music powerfully.

Alex Christensen
Alex Christensen

Cast: Gila Almagor, , Yuriy Chepurnov, Oleg Drach, Itay Tiran, Netta Garti, Edgar Selge, Alex Peleg, Yehezkel Lazarov, Oded Teomi Director: Assaf Bernstein Summary: The year is 1965. Rachel Brener is one of three young Mossad agents team who caught 'The Surgeon of Birkenau', a Nazi who was practising as a gynaecologist in Berlin, and is wanted for horrible experimental operations on Jews during WWII. He was never brought to trial in Israel. Instead he was shot and killed by Rachel Brener after he had attacked her and tried to escape. But it's not actually what happened, and now their long kept secret that they tried to keep buried is on the rise and they must finish the job they were sent to do over 30 years ago. My Thoughts: "I was interested in seeing the original film before seeing the American version. I was pleased with the movie. It's really interesting and very intense all the way through. Rachel goes to great lengths in trying to succeed in her mission. The outcome was a surprise for me a bit. I really enjoyed it. Smart script with a good cast and great acting. Be sure to see this one as well as the American remake."


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pendantic but necessarily so. the flashbacks were done in an nondisruptive and logical manner that sustained the flow of the story. the understated acting and deliberations provided the right covert atmosphere the piece required. an excellant insight on how one would expect the mossad to execute their mission.

bob weakley
bob weakley

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