God on Trial: Movie Review “I would like the ending to be beautiful”


“Please the Lord, our God can hear you even here..”

“Anyone else pray, any one else trying to help God make his mind up”

“Tomorrow, we may be facing our maker, or tomorrow our maker may have to face us”

“I would like the ending to be beautiful”

“Maybe he is here, suffering with us”

“You keep asking where does all this evil come from, well where does all this goodness come from?”

“You talk to us about reason, what is reason, in a world full of madness”


God on trial, is an example, of what we do in time, where we can’t explain the circumstance we face. In a world full of disruption and corruption, how can we plan to have any hope of a better future. The movie starts off, by showing a conversation that develops into a full court case, where the Jews that are being held in a concentration camp, are being tortured and murdered as a consequence, of no committed crimes nor allegations. There is no present logic, of what is happening to the Jewish community through these circumstances which leads to the plot of the movie, God on Trial.  The role of not knowing what will happen next causes chaos. Order on the other hand can be seen, through the structure of the camps, as uniform, not only in there clothe but through, even the details of their haircut, is established, letting the prisoners know wether they’re all different when they come in from the camps, in the camps they will be all treated the same. There are all forms of different kind of individuals in the room, most of them which are, teachers, scholars, lawyers, painters etc. According to jewish law, it heresy to question the motives behind the circumstance they face as a community. Even so, there are stories, as when Jacob wrestled the angel that allows us to see, that there have been moments where, there was conflict between his people. Dealing with evil that is not mentioned in the Torah, causes there to conflicting among the jews as they can’t find a reason for what is happening, which brings them to think if God is all good, why is there evil in the world. Instead of questioning, where the idea of evil or itself came from, they question the motives of God. The Judge is the professor of criminal law, the defendants is the rabbi and the those living under the law ( believers and followers of the law) Orthodox Jews,  and the protesters are the Non-Orthodox Jews,  and the indifferent can be counted in the Non-Orthodox Jews ( ex. the lawyer, that was willing to give his bed at towards the new prisoner)( also the thief in the movie that speaks in the third half of the movie) and the silent can be seen as those witnessing the trial. All arguments are counter connected, as one leads to another, and there are based on questions upon questions, which in the movies, helps the prisoners find answers of which themselves are looking to answer!  It’s helpful for them to see, what is happening and who is causing it, it helps them cope with the mortified reality they’re facing. Having answers was more important then believing in that moment in which they were facing driven  by fear. It also gives them either something to believe in, and hold onto before there life in that moment seems to come to an end.  Putting God on trial can be seen, as an example of awareness, even though the prisoners face the idea of death, there concern is knowing  wether God was a part of it, or has absolute no fault in it. Even though they face fear, even in fear they look for answers in God, and in that way it can be seen as way of love, as a child looks to his father for answers. Nazis, see this evil as consequence for no present threats, but the illogical ideas, of one man. Because the Torah doesn’t mention any form of present ideas of evil, the ideas assumed through the trial are constituted of blaming or finding reason why God will do such a thing, if there is not such thing of it. The absence of knowledge of evil, causes them to believe that good can also cause evil, and as a consequence they good for it.  Indifference is seen as a big factor in the movie, as some of the prisoners in the camp, came to see God as indifferent for there suffering, and because they feel they’re only being judged, they don’t include the rest of the world as part of the argument of placing God on Trial.

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