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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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What makes this film a must-see is Markovics, who plays Saloman. Not just his performance, but his face-a long, dour, hound-dog face that suggests a cosmic shrug, splitting the difference between resignation and resistance.
This richly layered allegorical clash between a criminal and a communist, pits the urge for survival despite one's debasement, against defiance, collective rebellion and martyrdom - the very impulses that advance history, but at enormous cost.
Karl Markovics is exceptionally well cast. He's not wildly expressive, but his physicality -- a small frame, a nose that bends northwest due to events we can only imagine -- is enough to carry the film's ambiguities.