Good (Period Drama)
Set in 1930's Germany, GOOD is a startlingly contemporary study of how a "good" man can be seduced by the forces of evil.
John Halder, a professor of literature, cares for two children, a neurotic wife and a mother suffering from senile dementia. In response to her downward spiral, he writes a novel favouring euthanasia for the terminally ill. When the Nazis single out his novel as "the way forward", he finds himself succumbing to Party flattery and making a series of minor and then major moral compromises.
Throughout, music is the expression of Halder's conscience and it manifests itself to him at the most inappropriate moments. A Bavarian boys choir crashes in when Halder attempts to seduce a young lover. Other characters burst into snatches of popular American ballads. Not surprisingly, it gives Halder pause and causes him to seek help from his best friend, the Jew and psychoanalyst Maurice.
As the situation worsens for the Jews, Halder does all he can to save Maurice. But the risks only accelerate as Halder rises in the party ranks.