No Place On Earth (2013)
In October 1942, Esther Stermer, the matriarch of a Jewish family in the Ukraine, leads her family underground to hide from the pursuing Nazis - and stays nearly a year and a half. Their harrowing story of survival living in near total darkness in two cold, damp caves is one like no other ever told. It was life...like NO PLACE ON EARTH. (c) Magnolia
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Critic Reviews for No Place On Earth
"No Place on Earth" is at its most moving when showing us, in close-up, the still-haunted faces of the cave dwellers, many of whom tell their stories to director Janet Tobias' camera.
The film is not without its flaws, but the story it tells is both terrifying and inspiring.
After nine years of research, Nicola unearthed an amazing chapter in WWII history.
The producer's hand is heavy in No Place on Earth, but it ultimately can't sink the inspiring tale of endurance.
The movie is engaging but appallingly superficial when it considers the larger history of the Holocaust.
Janet Tobias has expertly crafted this tale of Jewish families in the western Ukraine fighting for their lives by ferreting underground and living for nearly a year and a half in dark, damp caves in the countryside.
This is the remarkable story of a few of Holocaust survivors who lived over 500 days in caves, coming out into the light only when the German army had been driven from the Ukraine.
It plays out as a unique real-life adventure Holocaust story, that touches the heart strings.
This is a nearly forgotten chapter of Holocaust history brought back to life by this documentary.
A powerful true-life story gets a rather pedestrian treatment in this compelling documentary.
No Place on Earth is a satisfying hybrid that allows another worthwhile glimpse into courage during times of horrible tragedy...
An extraordinary combination of documentary and dramatization...a Holocaust film that's also a modern detective story.
Perhaps too many reenactments, but nevertheless a moving tale of human endurance.
None of my formal quibbles is meant to make light of this heroic story. Indeed, some chronicle is better than no chronicle, but the past exists only in the retelling; how history is written is as important as the story itself.
It is joyous to see these people, then children, now old, in natural light, and it is extraordinary to see them return to the cave that sheltered them.
There's a great book there, but "No Place on Earth" director Janet Tobias chose to fill the gaps in the story with lengthy, indifferently acted "re-creations" that lead us to question how much of what we're seeing is true and how much is fictionalized.
There have been many films detailing horrific aspects of the Holocaust. "No Place On Earth" has a definite place in the ranks of the best.
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