Finally caught this movie on cable that so many have recommended and which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Picture for 2008.
Now I can see what friends were raving about. It has its flaws for sure (some over acting, some plot points obvious or overcooked despite the fact that it's a "true story") but it's a compelling story (as concentration camp stories usually are) and impossible for me not to watch despite the fact I was already tired when I turned it on and thought I'd just check it out and go to bed and catch it another day but I couldn't stop watching.
Mostly that's because if how impressive the actor Karl Markovics is in the lead role. Hypnotizing to watch, he gives such an extraordinary performance that it feels like a milestone in the long history of great movie performances.
If I ever get back to making lists much again, his role in this movie will be one any list of greatest movie performances.