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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Indie Pick O' The Day: The Believer

The Believer focuses on a young man's turmoil over his faith and his identity. Talented ex-Mouseketeer and Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling stars at a young Jewish man turned neo-Nazi skinhead. Now why would a Jew become a skinhead? Danny Balint (Gosling) holds a resentment toward the Jews for becoming weak as a people. He joins the skinheads because they hold a similar disgust towards the Jews and he feels the skinheads are everything being Jewish is not. But at the same time being apart of the racist neo-Nazi regime he must conceal his heritage from his new-found friends.

His self-loathing of being a Jew conflicts with his adoration of the ceremonies and practices of Judaism. When he and his Nazi friends raid and vandalize a synagogue, he steals a sacred scroll and in the privacy in his own home puts on the Jewish ceremonial robes and reads the scroll. His secrecy and hatred for his own people leads to his unraveling. Loosley based on true story of a Jewish man who joined the Ku Klux Klan.

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