Even if Costa-Gavras has curbed here aspirations towards the crisp and jagged film style of his earlier political dramas, the uncompromizing moral tone is still evident in this academic yet engaging film. Tukur is maybe too innocent-looking to entirely convince as Gernstein but he matches Kassovitz's moral purity as the Jesuit priest. The best sequences are those that, mildly put, implicate the Vatican's opportunism.
the theme raises this film to an impressive level of horror and distress above the more purely filmic quality of the thing, in itself. Perhaps, with more craft, it would have been up there with Schindler's List.