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Steal a Pencil for Me (2007)

Steal a Pencil for Me



Critic Consensus: Steal a Pencil For Me is a unique Holocaust story that pays tribute to the strength of the human spirit in the face of enormous hardship.

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A man, his wife, and the woman he has fallen deeply in love with experience jealousy and heartbreak while housed together in the same barrack of a World War II-era concentration camp in Oscar-nominated director Michèle Ohayon's (Cowboy del Amor) unflinching look at love in a land ravaged by war. His marriage already failing when he and his wife were assigned to live in a concentration camp, Jack soon found comfort in the arms of new love interest Ina. Though his wife voiced vehement objection to the relationship, Jack continued to communicate with his newfound love in a series of furtively penned love letters. It was through these clandestine correspondences that Jack and Ina were eventually able to gain the strength needed to get through such a dark time, but as the war draws to a close all three survivors are forced to make some difficult, and potentially life-altering, decisions.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Romance, Special Interest
Directed By: , , , ,
Written By: Michèle Ohayon
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On DVD: Mar 28, 2008
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Critic Reviews for Steal a Pencil for Me

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9)

Not even Hollywood could invent a romance more extraordinary than this one.

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Irrepressibly moving without being sentimental, Steal a Pencil for Me is a testimony to true love.

Full Review… | November 9, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

What makes Ms. Ohayon's movie special is its recognition that epic horrors don't erase private dramas.

November 9, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Some may think the Holocaust has nothing new to offer up, but Michele Ohayon says otherwise.

Full Review… | November 8, 2007
Top Critic

There's incredible feeling behind Steal A Pencil For Me -- enough to sustain two lives throughout unimaginable hardship -- but the film doesn't bring much of it to the surface.

Full Review… | November 8, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

Michèle Ohayon's Steal a Pencil for Me offers a simple human story of dignity, levity and romance -- both unlikely qualities in the chaos and terror of Nazi-era Europe -- and exerts its own special charm.

Full Review… | November 8, 2007
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Steal a Pencil for Me

[font=Century Gothic]Boy, have Jaap Polak and Ina Soep got a story to tell their grandchildren(and great grandchildren) 60 years after they got married of how they fell in love in concentration camps during World War II. By showing how precious life is, "Steal a Pencil for Me," is a very touching and moving documentary about their experiences. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The two had met in Amsterdam before the Nazis invaded, coming from different ends of the social spectrum in the Jewish community. Jaap was an accountant, unhappily married and ten years older than Ina who came from a wealthy family. All of which is important to remember when Jaap notes the poor were forcibly relocated to the camps before the rich were. Despite their differences, they both ended up in the same camps, Westerbork(which was originally built for German refugees) and Bergen-Belsen. Jaap makes a distinction between concentration and extermination camps which is the difference between Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz. Even though being in Bergen-Belsen gave them a chance for survival, it was still no picnic as food was scarce, while typhus was rampant.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]By having two people detailing what they had to endure to survive the Holocaust against huge odds, "Steal a Pencil for Me" excels in its recollection of the genocide(The scenes at Westerbork were shot by the camp commander to show off). And today, Jaap and Ina talk to people from Los Angeles to Holland about the Holocaust, so that it is never forgotten.[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

I hate to rate this documentary so low as it deals with a tragic and touching story of two lovers trying to stay together in Nazi work camps but the production left a ton to be desired. The story of Jack and Ina is great romance but the direction left much to be desired and the slow pace and lack of compelling visual imagery just didn't do the story of Jack and Ina justice.

A touching story about two people whose loved kept them going during the holocaust. At times this really played on the emotions. Well told and interesting.

Ken Doers

Super Reviewer

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