The Feldmann Saken (1987)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film, Mystery, War  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Docudrama, Political Drama, War Drama  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - Norway   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This gripping psychological drama/mystery from Norway is based on the true story of two resistance members who were accused of murdering two old Jewish brothers, Rakel and Jacob Feldmann who were trying to escape Nazi-controlled Norway during WW II. The trial took place after the war, and according to the accused, they had to kill the old men because their frailty jeopardized the safety of the rest of the refugees. It sounds plausible, but a young reporter isn't convinced. His investigation reveals that the Feldmann brothers were extremely wealthy and carried a fortune in cash. To prove his hunch, that the fellows were murdered not only for their money, but also because they were Jewish, the journalist enlists the aid of a police detective (and former resistance fighter). Together they head to the tiny border village where the killing happened. The policeman had been to the town during the war and soon after arriving bumps into his old flame, a woman who knows the truth about the Feldmann murders. It is she who provides them with enough evidence to launch a trial against the two fighters. A courtroom battle ensues, and whether or not justice is served at the end is largely left to the viewer's discretion.



anti-Semitism, brother, investigation, murder, reporter, resistance