Fugitive Pieces (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fugitive Pieces (2008)



Critic Consensus: Though the retelling is a bit too subtle, the moving story and solid performances lift Fugitive Pieces beyond standard holocaust tales.

Movie Info

"Fugitive Pieces" is a powerful, poetic, and emotionally-charged drama about love, loss and redemption. The film tells the story of Jakob Beer, a man whose life is haunted by his childhood experiences during WWII. As a child in Poland he is orphaned during wartime then saved by a compassionate Greek archeologist. Over the course of his life, he attempts to deal with the losses he has endured. Through his writing, and then through the discovery of true love, Jakob is ultimately freed from the legacy of his past.more
Rating: R (for some sexuality)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jeremy Podeswa
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 2008
Box Office: $0.4M
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Stephen Dillane
as Jakob Beer
Ayelet Zurer
as Michaela
Robbie Kay
as Jakob (Young)
Themis Bazaka
as Mrs. Serenou
Danai Skiadi
as Young Allegra
Marcia Bennett
as Mrs. Taylor
Devon Bostick
as Teenage Ben
Hakan Coskuner
as German Soldier
Daniel Kash
as Maurice
Stefen Rollpiller
as German Soldier
Monika Schurmann
as Jakob's Mother
Jonathan Soja
as German Soldier
Michael Stevens
as Book Publisher
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Critic Reviews for Fugitive Pieces

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (27)

One of the most delicate, approachable and rewarding Holocaust movies of recent years.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Distractingly jumping back and forth in time, the film falters badly in the modern era, yet its tale is still a moving one.

Full Review… | July 29, 2011

Nostalgic, deeply felt, and refreshingly astute, "Fugitive Pieces" is something of a rare bird these days%u2014a big-budget, transnational historical drama that actually justifies its scope and subject matter with more than visual opulence.

Full Review… | August 8, 2009

Podeswa's confusing, commonplace film lumbers along with a painful sincerity.

Full Review… | June 2, 2009
Observer [UK]

Plays out with such daunting high-mindedness it makes The Reader look like Transformers.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
Daily Telegraph

Fugitive Pieces reduces the Holocaust and its aftermath to a cosy soap opera.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
This is London

Audience Reviews for Fugitive Pieces


A Holocaust story about memory, intimacy, revelation, and redemption. My only complaint here was the very slow pace. It really drags its feet. I am sure the pacing worked better in written form, and the movie did inspire me to seek out more about this author. The novel, I am told, is written in prose form, and is as beautifully written as the story it tells. The movie comes across in the same exact way, and takes some patience to appreciate it, I guess.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


A-bloody-mazing. I need this book, the story is as intriguing as it is compelling and it is told in a really beautiful manner. To be honest, I'm kinda sad most of you have picked this as a 'not interested'. I guess it's not for everyone. [review TBC].


I found this a gripping movie. Life is not easy for Holocaust survivors. We follow the life of a Jakob who looses he parents and sister to the Nazi's. He has troubles letting his memories go - he needs to retain them, but not forgetting means he cannot love. The acting by Robbie Kay who played Jakob as a nine year old was amazing.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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