La Rafle (2012)
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In picturesque Montmarte, three children wearing a yellow star play in the streets, oblivious to the darkness spreading over Nazi-occupied France. Their parents do not seem too concerned either, somehow putting their trust in the Vichy Government. But beyond this view, much is going on. Hitler demands that the French government round up its Jews and put them on trains for the extermination camps in the East. The collaborators start to put the plan into effect and within a short time, 13,000 of
Oct 5, 2012 Limited
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It's a mainstream, sentimental drama because it needs to be. It announces in a clear voice that this happened.
A well-meaning but inexpertly dramatized account of the roundup of 13,000 Parisian Jews in the summer of 1942.
The utter hopelessness experienced by European Jewry is never hinted at, and in its way this betrays the Holocaust story.
Treading on a shameful piece of French history, Bosch bizarrely intercuts scenes of Hitler, Himmler, and Hess working out the logistics of the exportations, in vignettes that smack of Inglourious Basterds farce ...
The movie succeeds in generating only mild outrage, tempered by impeccable tastefulness and the safe distance of time.
This is the second film by the writer-director Rose Bosch, and we very soon sense her surety, her confidence in her ingenuity, which gives virtually every shot the feeling that it has been made the best way possible.
A somber, flat, occasionally moving reminder of one of France's darkest moments
Realistically brings to the screen. . .as visceral, powerful, and ever more awful scenes. . . but the larger historical context comes across as stiff educational recreations.
Sentimentality may make the movie's agony more digestible, but its darkness resists any glossing over of what isn't only France's, but Europe's painful legacy.
A Holocaust 101 film that focuses on the roundup of French Jews in 1942 from a child's point of view.
'La Rafle' was a hit in France, and now you have a chance to see what Europe was raving about last year.
Bosch boldly tackles the psyche of Hitler, showing the Führer enjoying the high life with Eva Braun as he instructs his minions...
It's a useful primer on this period of French history, but isn't much more than that.
There is no denying the power of the events, the importance of them now being told in movie form, nor the clear-eyed way that Bosch dramatises previously dry historical facts - in order to leave us misty-eyed.
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