The Origin of Violence

The Origin of Violence


MONDAY, MAY 14 • 7:30 PM
DAY, MAY 16 • 3:00 PM see full schedule >

France/Germany, 2016/Drama, 116 minutes/French and German, w/English subtitles/Directed by Élie Chouraqui/Adapted for the screen by Élie Chouraqui and Fabrice Humbert, from the novel by Fabrice Humbert (unrated – contains graphic sexual situations)

During a school trip to Germany, Nathan Fabre, a young teacher from a close-knit Catholic family, discovers a photograph of a prisoner in Buchenwald concentration camp who closely resembles his father. But when his father brushes it off as coincidence, Nathan cannot, and finds himself compelled to delve deeper and deeper into a mystery that before long calls into question absolutely everything he believes about his family’s life and his own.  Love, betrayal, and revenge fuel this thriller spanning three generations, as does Nathan’s personal search for the origin of the inexplicable, sometimes uncontrollable violence he feels in himself and others. 

Winner: Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature, 2016 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival  

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