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The Statement

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The Statement

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
120 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/12/03
performer:
Michael Caine, Tilda Swinton, Alan Bates, Jeremy Northam, Charlotte Rampling
director:
Norman Jewison
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
author:
Ronald Harwood
genre:
Drama, Historical, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

Brian Moore once again masters the thriller genre. The Statement, his 18th novel, introduces Pierre Brossard, an elderly Frenchman living in small-town Provence. After an assassin tries to murder him, Brossard is exposed as a cunning war criminal who has eluded a death sentence for killing Jews in World War II. Granted sanctuary by the Catholic church, he has spent years hidden in an underworld of abbeys — but with mysterious enemies on his trail, alliances are tested. The cast of characters — cardinals, priests, police, activists, and French officials — plays an intricate chess game, with no one ever quite whom he seems to be. Their maneuvers ultimately reveal a massive conspiracy, but Moore keeps the reader guessing its true nature until the end. A-