Some wounds may never heal
Jaroslav Melgr | Colorado | 12/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a very introspective movie that focuses on the lingering effects of the Holocaust, seen through lives or ordinary people. The movie tells three separate stories of Holocaust survivors. They are all some 50 years removed from the horrific events of WWII, yet the effect Holocaust had on their lives impacts them every day. The movie is in French, Russian, Hebrew, Yiddish and Polish with English subtitles.
Rivka and her husband, a Jewish couple from France are on a group trip visiting Auschwitz to see where their loved ones perished. Rivka cannot seem to stop thinking of her Family who perished there and how lucky she was to escape that fate. Her husband is not so thrilled to be there. He perceived this visit as something that prolongs Rivka's agony. She's been dwelling on the past which has been causing a rift in their marriage.
The second woman just arrived to Israel from the former Soviet Union with her neighbors. Her travails did not end with the end of WWII in 1945. Living in the Soviet Union, her family experienced further trials. She's been a widow for over 20 years and anxiously awaited the opportunity to immigrate to Israel and finally, after the collapse of USSR in 1991 the doors have opened for her. So she joined her neighbor's family and traveled with them to Israel. Yet the long awaited arrival has a bitter-sweet taste. The wife of the young Russian couple is not too thrilled to have her tagging along, but the husband is trying to find a job and make sure she has a place with them. Upon arriving to Israel, she discovers to her surprise, that hardly anyone speaks Yiddish and since she can't speak Hebrew she's unable to communicate with anyone. She proclaims "it appears that there are no more Jews in the Holy Land, there are only Israelis...." She also visits one of her distant relatives living in a hospice care, who shows no interest in her, adding to already mounting disappointment. Her life-long hope of escaping the memories of the Holocaust and moving into the promised land did not quite turn out what she thought it might be.
The final story is of a woman living in Israel originally from France. When she was a young child, she and her siblings were separated from their parents and shipped to Palestine. She never saw her parents again not knowing what happened to them, whether they survived or perished in the Holocaust. She's been searching for her family all her life. One day she receives a phone call from a man living in France claiming to be her father. They have the same last name, he had a daughter of the same name as her, and both came from the same part of Paris. She invites him to visit and stay with her. After getting acquainted, she finds out that they are not related.
Walter S. Elias | minneapolis, mn, usa | 09/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In my opinion, one of the most thoughtful and interesting depictions of the holocaust to come out in the last 20 years. I've thought about this film since I saw it at a Jewish film festival in Minneapolis and decided I needed to own a copy so I could see it again and again. Set in Paris, Poland and Israel, the film evokes both the intellect and strong emotions. A wonderful film."