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YSK that a new Holocaust film, “The Zone of Interest,” was just nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Seeing it in a movie theater is imperative for the experience, but it’s had a limited release. I implore you to seek it out (No spoilers)

This is a follow-up to my other post about this film… But now it’s officially been nominated by the Oscar’s for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best International Feature, and Best Sound, and so will get more attention, hopefully.

I found this film to be a deeply-affecting view into the Nazi mindset. It rewards viewers with a knowledge of the subject matter, who will catch on to what exactly is happening sooner than a typical viewer.

I’d pitch it as something like, A journey from a picturesque countryside vacation with the perfect family to, breadcrumb-by-breadcrumb, drowning us slowly beneath the crush of the Final Solution.

Rotten Tomatoes synopsizes, Dispassionately examining the ordinary existence of people complicit in horrific crimes, The Zone of Interest forces us to take a cold look at the mundanity behind an unforgivable brutality.

A lot of people are going to see this at home, on small screens, with tinny sound.

Please don’t do that, especially the sound. The sound design is imperative for the experience, as a great deal of what’s happening can be inferred from background noise. If you do watch it at home, please watch with noise-cancelling headphones and watch in as sensory-deprived an environment as possible.

I think this has the potential to be an important film, and those with a knowledge of the Holocaust should go see it.

(I’ve got no connection to the film besides having been affected by it)

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