Adam Resurrected

Adam Resurrected

Genre: Drama, War; Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Moritz Bleibtreu, Willem Dafoe; Director: Paul Schrader; Author: Noah Stollman; Runtime (in minutes): 106; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Bleiberg Entertainment

Jeff Goldblum, with his ironic domineering smirk, is Adam Stein, a Holocaust survivor and mental patient who lords it over an Israeli insane asylum like a Jewish vaudeville R.P. McMurphy; they should have called this One Flew Over the Meshuggenah’s Nest. Adam Resurrected flashes back to Stein’s days as a prisoner, where he saved his hide — but lost his soul — by literally pretending to be the Nazi commandant’s dog. The director, Paul Schrader, tries for cleansing audacity, but ends up too close to farce. C

Originally posted December 10 2008 — 12:00 AM EST

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