Inside Hana's Suitcase (2012)
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The delivery of a battered suitcase to Fumiko Ishioka at the Tokyo Holocaust Museum begins the true-life mystery that became the subject of Karen Levineʼs best-selling book Hanaʼs Suitcase. The suitcase came from the Auschwitz Museum and had Hana Bradyʼs name painted on it. Larry Weinsteinʼs masterful film follows Fumikoʼs search to discover the details of Hanaʼs life, which leads to the discovery of her brother George in Toronto. As small children they had been
Apr 18, 2012 Limited
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Documentary about young children learning the horrors of the Holocaust feels like an elaborate study aid.
It would be odd not to feel something about Hana and the Brady family, but "Inside Hana's Suitcase" feels more like a historical teaching aid than like a great movie.
A documentary saga of heartbreaking concentration-camp horrors, Inside Hana's Suitcase attempts to preserve Holocaust memories through frustratingly fractured means.
In the end, what makes "Inside Hana's Suitcase'' so powerful is the most traditional technique of all: authentic and eloquent storytelling by memorable characters.
What always feels genuine, movingly so, are the faces of the school children caught up in their account of the unforgotten past.
A film relating a story of the Holocaust is destined to provoke a number of adjectives, but "cloying" shouldn't be one of them.
The real buoyancy comes from watching the students learn about both the dangers of hatred and the capacity of the human spirit to endure.
Inside Hana's Suitcase is not entirely without schmaltz, but it tells a deeply moving story without ever being maudlin or manipulative.
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