The Pawnbroker ★★★

Phew, depressingly good. The story follows a pawnbroker who is a completely broken human being because of his past being a prisoner at a Nazi concentration camp. The film shows quick miss-if-you-blink flashbacks through the mind of this character as he faces trials of his own during his life now as a pawnbroker. Not much to praise with this film but the performance from Rod Steiger must be noted because I feel that his talent as an actor carried this film. His character is heartbreaking and once he finally comes to his senses it’s a little too late. It’s a single performance that makes this worth while but I gotta be honest, this film can leave one feeling miserable and wanting more of a story than just a character study.