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1984, and sixteen-year-old Todd (played by Brad Renfro)
is athletic and studious at school. However, after
studying the Holocaust and Nazism, Todd has a newfound
appetite for more information, especially of events that
aren't taught in class, like gruesome details of the
Holocaust and Nazis.
the way home, Todd sees a neighbor (Ian
McKellen) who, despite the his advancing years, looks
just like Kurt Dussander, a former Nazi SS officer still
wanted for the atrocities he committed 40 years earlier.
Todd blackmails the old man into telling him everything
about the past lest he turn him in to the authorities.
Dussander reluctantly agrees and the two
enter an unlikely and dangerous alliance. Todd slowly
becomes obsessed with the power and horror that occurred
nearly four decades earlier and eventually Dussander
turns the game into his control and it becomes a battle
of psychological wits.
Once again, Elias plays a character
who's fate is sealed early on.
asked me before what my influences were. I've had
time to think about. Monster movies, I love monster
movies. Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi. I love that stuff,
that stuff turns me on. There is something about the
ostracized guy that attracts me. The guy who is
watching from the sidelines."
Elias quote in Venice Magazine,
Oct. 15, 2001-