While researching an article on the Vel’d’Hiv Roundup in 1942 France, Julia, an American journalist stumbles across the story of Sarah, a ten year old Jewish girl who desperately tried to save her younger brother from the police by locking him in a cupboard.
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While it may drag on a bit, this film shows the true evolution of the Holocaust genre. Instead of wallowing in pity and remorse, there are moments that really force us to reflect on our nature and the effects of such trauma on the human psyche is explored more so than in any film of its kind in recent years.
The shifting between past and present in this film is so clumsily handled that it totally blunts any potential dramatic impact. The audience knows everything well before the characters do, and the most dramatic portions of the story occur in the first act.
Un buen guión que entrelaza dos historias que dejan entrever las costuras de la historia, pero el buen ritmo ascendente de la trama y el trágico antecedente histórico salvan las nimiedades que quieren tomar rumbos sentimentaloides. Hablar del holocausto no es facil por eso creo que este episodio esta bien contado por el director frances. El cierre redondo
It's a bit of a mess of a film but a mess that nonetheless keeps one's attention. Thomas is always an assured presence and she manages to keep the central storyline progressing but she and the entire cast are pretty much shown up by the young Melusine Mayance who owns every scene in which she is a part. The Jewish plight is one that has rightly been investigated many times. This is a simple addition to that canon.