Denial : Movie Review

Holocaust is a very sensitive topic.I never can fathom that we humans could not bring up enough empathy in our minds to see the life in another human being.The one who had to be considered as a brother was simply slaughtered in the name of the race? The race or color of skin or any specific human characteristics was put forth by humans themselves in order to learn about our ancestry which runs millions of years back.It is simply a classification to help us understand our past with the very little of proofs we find in nature to understand existence.Some very immature and un-empathic fellow humans decide that they are above everyone else and they are deemed to be very different and all others must be punished.No only did I feel sad and angry about the kind of death the people had to endure in labor camps or concentration camps but most importantly the shock that it was some humans with life in them who were able to carry out the orders of so their rulers without any shame.The plain horror that people often become clouded and commit atrocities as just another thing! Something, I found worth reading related to this

And then there are some people, who choose to deny these atrocities that happened during the world war! One such person was David Irving a renowned denier of Holocaust. He says,”No holes, No holocaust” a famous sentence during the libel he filed against Deborah E. Lipstadt who is an acclaimed writer and historian.The movie Denial is all about this legal battle for the truth, the truth that Holocaust occurred!.David Irving files a libel against Deborah E. Lipstadt and now it’s her need to prove the essential truth that Holocaust occurred.

The movie was quite engaging one though nothing much is told about why or how David Irving comes to deny the holocaust or how Deborah became a pioneer in studies about Holocaust.The movie depicts the inner the turmoil of Deborah, her difficulty in accepting the British legal ways, it shows the shame in the eyes of the solicitor, the arrogant and ignorant David Irving and most touchingly the remembrance of those whose lost their lives in those gas chambers.The movie provides us with the proofs of how systematically the murders were committed and I felt quite a difficulty in understanding the “need” and “means” used to eliminate thousands of people.I might add, that I have an appetite for world wars, the history, its related atrocities and this could be a reason why I was”entertained” by this movie.The subtle and contained performance of Rachel Weisz as Deborah, the unfathomable Timothy Spall as David Irving and Tom Wilkinson as the solicitor were quite memorable to watch.


The movie left me in thinking that I am a part of a society where we need proof to cement one of the wildest inhumane activities that were carried out systematically as per orders issued from authorities.The same people don’t realize that this can happen to them also, all you need to fall in or out of lines drawn by some very powerful lunatics.


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