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In a small town in Nazi-occupied Slovakia during World War II, decent but timid carpenter Tono is named "Aryan comptroller" of a button store owned by an old Jewish widow, Rozalie. Since the post comes with a salary and standing in the town's corrupt hierarchy, Tono wrestles with greed and guilt as he and Rozalie gradually befriend each other. When the authorities order all Jews in town to be roun...

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Directed by

Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos

Written by

Ján Kadár (Writer)
Elmar Klos (Writer)
Ladislav Grosman (Screenplay)

Runtime

128 minutes

Country

Czech Republic, Slovakia, Czechoslovakia

Language

Slovak

Cast

Keywords

nazi holocaust slovakia time of war shopkeeper

Lists

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

Awards

Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film

Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role