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About The Film

On a visit to Buchenwald with his students, a young French teacher discovers a photograph of a prisoner bearing a startling resemblance to his father. His obsession with the image upends his life and interferes with budding romance. He must confront his own violent behavior, the atrocities of WWII, and his family’s secret past. Based on the Prix Renaudot-winning novel by Fabrice Humpert, THE ORIGIN OF VIOLENCE delves into the sources and inheritance of hidden history and repressed memory.

Directors Bio

Élie Chouraqui was born in Paris to an Algerian-Jewish family. Alongside his successful career as a screenwriter, director, and producer, he is a champion athlete, novelist, sportscaster, politician, and director of stage musicals. Through his films he addresses themes of human rights, freedom, hope, Jewish identity and origins research.

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Film Details:

Original Title: L'origine de la violence
: Élie Chouraqui
Country: France
Language: French, German
Running Time: 120m
Year: 2016
Genre: Drama


  • Holocaust
  • French Jews
  • Family relationships
  • World War II
  • Origins research

Rating/Warning: R

  • some nudity, violence, language