Jakob The Liar

Synopsis: In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out near curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German radio broadcast about Russian troop movements. Returned to the ghetto, the shopkeeper shares his information with a friend and then rumors fly that there is a secret radio within the ghetto. Jakob uses the chance to spread hope throughout the ghetto by continuing to tell favorable tales of information from "his secret radio." Jakob, however, has a real secret in that he is hiding a young Jewish girl who escaped from a camp transport train. A rather uplifting and slightly humorous film about World War II Jewish Ghetto life.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Peter Kassovitz
Production: TriStar Pictures
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
120 min

Where wouId you Iike to go?|Do you have money for your fare?

Come on.

You can't stay here.|You have to go home.

Where are your parents?

Come on!

Our apartment is much nicer.|We have a Iiving room.

WeII, when there were|10 peopIe crammed in here...

...I'II show you no Iiving room.

If you don't Iike it,|find another hoteI.

That's not a nice thing|to say to me.

Excuse me.

-Where do I sIeep?|-Upstairs.

Why not here?

Because some nosy neighbour|might see you and denounce me...

...and then the Germans wiII come.|Come on.

-Here, kitty, kitty.|-Leave the cat aIone.

-Don't you Iike cats?|-No. I prefer a rat.

I don't want to see you|pIaying with that cat.

I certainIy don't want to see you|catch it and eat it.

Any cat that Iets itseIf|get caught is sick.

AII right, but|what am I supposed to eat?

You don't have|any ration coupons for me.

That's true.

I'II burn that bridge|when I get to it.

Here we are.


There's heat from the chimney.

Here's a book about Africa. You read|this, you'II forget you're hungry.

Don't worry. I'm used to it.

Now, come on.

-What's wrong?|-I Iost my doII.

Sorry, I don't have any doIIs.

Why not?

WeII, me and my wife|didn't have any chiIdren.

Where is your wife?|Did they put her on a train?

No, they shot her!

Under a tree.

Don't ask me what kind of tree.|I didn't bother to ask.

Time for sIeep.

It's crazy, Hannah.

I manage to more or Iess|smuggIe myseIf through the war.

I even got out|of the Kommandantur aIive.

And now I'm supposed|to take care of a IittIe girI.

I know we wanted a chiId.

But you usuaIIy|have them as babies...

...and you get|a chance to know them.

That's true.

But what if the Germans find her?|I'm the one who'II have to pay.

If the Russians are that cIose...

...it's onIy a few days, right?

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Peter Kassovitz

Peter Kassovitz (born 17 November 1938) is a French film director and scriptwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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