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"The film is an intelligent debate on major issues of social and artistic responsibility and works as a thriller....The two actors (Keitel and Skarsgard) work well together, and this is the best film for years by Istan Szabo." THE OBSERVER - DVD of the Week
"Thrilling, smart stuff...you feel utterly suspended, and really
want to listen - so do go"
"A cleverly divisive chamber piece by Istvan Szabo"
"Keitel's pitiless interrogation of the music man is powerfully
"The strength here lies in the performances, particularly that
of the Danish veteran Skarsgard. A compelling piece of cinema"
"the performances are staggeringly good...one of the films of
the year and definitely a picture you should see"
"A MUST see for anyone interested in morality of war. It is surprisingly topical"
"Beautifully shot, strikingly directed and tautly directed, TAKING
SIDES is a film of many such subtle pleasures. High quality, highly thought
"intelligent and very emotional...all the performances are excellent "
"Sharsgard claims the moral high ground and the acting
"Keitel is magnificent. Harwood has vividly adapted his stage
director Szabo brilliantly turns it into a gripping drama"
"a wonderful performance by Skarsgard"
"a challenging forceful story"
"What an excellent film this is. Superb performances from the
Keitel and Stellan Skarsgard... fascinating true story... brilliant movie"
"an engrossing encounter ...there is satisfaction of watching Keitel
and Skarsgard stretch out as Harwood skilfully manoeuvres the arguments"
"The arguments go far beyond these gripping 103 minutes'
"impressively written, cast and played drama ...intelligent,
thrilling and provocative filmmaking at its best".
"Gripping, compelling, electrifying.'
"A dramatically compelling clash."
"Illuminates brilliantly the dilemma of a great, world-renowned
artist flourishing in a totalitarian regime."
"[Szabo's] best film in decades."
"Stellan Skarsgard's deceptively low-key performance as the beleaguered
musician pushes the emotional temperature to a quiet fever pitch, and
raises fascinating questions about the moral predicament of cultural
figures working under totalitarian regimes."
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