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  • Summary: The Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II - and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies from either group. When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities - and may be forced at last to choose his side. [Film Movement] Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Apr 10, 2014
    80
    This fascinating tale is told with uncommon depth and nuance.
  2. Reviewed by: Diana Clarke
    Apr 10, 2014
    80
    The Jewish Cardinal uses the luscious pleasures of the everyday to underscore and endure the big questions of identity, humanity, and home.
  3. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Apr 10, 2014
    70
    It holds your interest, even if Jean-Marie remains what he must be to Mr. Cohen: an enticing puzzlement, his faith a mystery.