The Goldman Case

2023 [FRENCH]

Action / Crime / Drama / History

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92% · 13 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 100%
IMDb Rating 7.1/10 10 1762 1.8K

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1 hr 55 min
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1 hr 55 min
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Reviewed by filmfan46 8 / 10

A Solid, Taut Courtroom Drama

Pierre Goldman is a complex and fascinating character, a French leftist, a small time criminal and an intellectual.

PG was a Polish Jew born in France towards end of WWII. His parents belonged to the resistance group and separated after the war with his mother, a staunch Communist who returned to Poland.

PG was kicked out of various high schools but managed to graduate from Sorbonne. He didn't join '68 student movements but went to Cuba instead and fought as a guerrilla in Venezuela and robbed a bank! Upon returning to Paris he participated in several small time robberies and was arrested with charges of murdering 2 female pharmacists in a drug store which he vehemently denied. He argued on his own behalf during the trial against the wishes of his defence attorneys.

He famously proclaimed that he died the day he was born!

This movie is fundamentally about that '76 trial in totality, a rousing and intense 1hr 46min film.

The film was strongly directed by Cedric Kahn, an actor-director and starring powerfully by Arich Worthalter as Goldman and Arthur Harari as one of his defence attorneys who also happened to be Jewish but declined to use it as a means to induce sympathy from the judges.

It was a sensational trial which attracted many celebrities and intellectuals at the time in supports to Goldman, particularly during that anti-authority anti-police political climate.

What made this film extraordinary is the superb casting from the leads down to the extras who looked real and authentic down to their appearances. The filmmakers probably had conducted extensive rehearsals which resulted this intense and fascinating courtroom drama. I'm not certain that if the script was based on the actual courtroom transcripts but it was very well written as well.

For more details on Pierre Goldman and the case, you may refer to Pierre Goldman on Wikipedia.

Recommended, as a courtroom drama based on actual events.

Reviewed by matlabaraque 9 / 10

Trial of the French society

This film takes its audience back to the 70s and the political struggles that took place in the aftermath of the 1968's revolution in France.

As a young man accused of a double murder and numerous hold-ups, Pierre Goldman is depicted as a terrorist, radicalised by his communists parents (jews from Poland who left the pogroms back in the 20's) and by the people he met "along the way" in Poland, Cuba and Venezuela. As stubborn as impulsive, he seems to hold a grudge against the whole world, the cops and the heirs of aristocracy above all. He blames the police for being prejudiced against people like him, or his mates, immigrants mistreated by the police.

Will this be a good reason to declare this man guilty of a murder ?

Will the French society of 70's will decide to bury 68's values with this trial ?

Is he the scapegoat that everyone was expecting to blame the 68 revolution for good ?

The fantastic adaptation of this trial will give some anwers for sure. It's to me a fantastic depiction of the French society of the 70's with the opposition betweeen conservatism ( those who clearly lean right and who are represented by DeGaule's supporters very keen to defend patriarchy and old bourgeois way of life) and some revolutionary's aspirations of the lefties (inspired by French intellectuals like Simone DeBeauvoir or other communists's supporters also present in the court).

Tensions, and moral values will pull their weight in this trial whose scenes are incredibly interpreted. The main character interpreted by Arieh Worthalter who definitely deserves an award for his performance(he finally got the Cesar) as well as the other actors (the lawyers, the witnesses, the attorneys and prosecutor) are just perfect in the way they express themselves, in the tension and the moral stake they put in the middle of the room. The whole trial looks perfectly genuine and it's highly interesting to see what was at stake morally speaking in the French society back in those days.

In Europe, the 1970's are years of rebellion, violences and massive opposition between liberalism and communism and it's this struggle of ideas that is portrayed in this film.

A fantastic adaptation and reproduction of a trial that changed France for good.

Reviewed by matlabaraque 7 / 10

A trial of a the French society of 70's

This film takes its audience back to the 70s and the political struggles that took place in the aftermath of the 1968's revolution in France.

As a young man accused of a double murder and numerous hold-ups, Pierre Goldman is depicted as a terrorist, radicalised by his communists parents (jews from Poland who left the pogroms back in the 20's) and by the people he met "along the way" in Poland, Cuba and Venezuela. As stubborn as impulsive, he seems to hold a grudge against the whole world, the cops and the heirs of aristocracy above all. He blames the police for being prejudiced against people like him, or his mates, immigrants mistreated by the police.

Will this be a good reason to declare this man guilty of a murder ?

Will the French society of 70's will decide to bury 68's values with this trial ?

Above the case in itself, and above the fantastic adaptation delivered here, the film is to me a perfect depiction of the French society of the 70's with the opposition betweeen conservatism ( those who clearly lean right and who are represented by DeGaule's supporters very keen to defend patriarchy and old bourgeois way of life) and some revolutionary's aspirations of the lefties (inspired by French intellectuals like Simone DeBeauvoir or other communists's supporters also present in the court)

The scenes of the trial are incredibly interpreted, the main character (interpreted by Arieh Worthalter who definitely deserves an award for his performance) as well as the other actors (the lawyers, attorneys and prosecutor) are just perfect in the way they express themselves, in the tension and the moral stake they put in the middle of the room. The whole trial looks perfectly genuine and it's highly interesting to see what was at stake morally speaking in the French society back in those days.

In Europe, the 1970's are years of rebellion, violences and massive opposition between liberalism and communism and it's this struggle of ideas that is portrayed in this film.

A fantastic adaptation and reproduction of a trial that changed France for good.

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