Hitler's Children (2012)
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This documentary is about the descendants of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime: men and women who were left a legacy that permanently associates them with one of the greatest crimes in history. What is it like for them to have grown up with a name that immediately raises images of murder and genocide? How do they cope with the fact that they are the children of ... literally, not just metaphorically.
Nov 16, 2012 Limited
Apr 2, 2013
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A film whose core is a haunting question: When parents are monstrous, where does filial love begin and end?
The moral weight of "Hitler's Children" is unmistakable. So is that weight's inertness.
The sins of the fathers have seldom weighed so heavy as in the odd, intriguing and ultimately moving Hitler's Children.
Haunting documentary about the descendants of top Nazi leaders struggling to endure their horrific legacy.
Quiet, simple and soaked in sorrow, "Hitler's Children" takes a stripped-down approach to an emotionally sophisticated subject.
It's always dispiriting to see an ideal subject given shallow treatment, and one spends most of this documentary wishing a more experienced director had made it.
Seems like such an obvious topic for a film that it's surprising no one else has made it before..Raises issues that never get old. Nor should we stop talking about them.
"Hitler's Children" is an original study of the Holocaust and is also a cautionary statement of the dangers of the rise of a new fascism.
Zeevi not only has found himself five incredible subjects, but he's woven his film together so that their experiences and opinions are studies in contrasts and commonalities.
As fascinating as it is provocative about aspects of evil, guilt, denial, heredity and repentance, this Israeli/German co-production offers much to think about.
How these men and women have chosen to face this inherited burden directly or flee from it creates a fascinating spectrum the film explores via quietly intimate interviews.
The film drains its subjects of the shame forced on them by Nazi ancestors and yet has difficulty arriving at an effective, constructive thesis.
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