Persian Lessons: An adroit Jewish-Belgian prisoner fakes his identity to prolong his life. While fleeing to Switzerland, Gilles (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart) is captured in Nazi-occupied France. Marked for death, he feigns Iranian heritage and offers to teach Farsi to a savage commandant (Lars Eidinger) who longs to open a restaurant in Tehran after the war. In truth, Gilles knows no Persian, and concocts an imaginary lexicon on the fly. As SS soldiers become wary of his rapport with the German officer, one false move could expose his cover. Loosely based on a true story, Oscar nominee Vadim Perelman’s handsome production is anchored by exceptional performances, drawing laughter and tears up to its devastating conclusion.