The Flat (2012)
Average Rating: 7.6/10
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At age 98, director Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades since immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a dense mountain of photos, letters, files, and objects, Goldfinger begins to uncover clues that seem to point to a greater mystery and soon a complicated family history unfolds before his camera. What starts to take shape reflects nothing less than the troubled and taboo
Oct 19, 2012 Limited
Mar 11, 2013
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There's something touching about the way Goldfinger obeys his moral compass.
I will salute the deftness and intelligence with which Goldfinger observes the reactions of the living to the revelations of the dead.
Are things better left alone or is revealing all always the best path? "The Flat," to its credit, offers nothing like a definitive answer.
"The Flat" is a compelling tale of history made personal, and of what happens when light is shone on something previously murky.
The movie feels more like a thriller and a mystery than a documentary. Perhaps someday, someone will be inspired to dramatize this astonishing story.
Engrossing doc finds buried bonds between an Israeli family and an important Nazi.
It's a mesmerizing detective story ...with an oddly uplifting ending that suggests a commonality of the human spirit that supersedes ideology.
'The Flat' has a strange staying power that the objects in the apartment didn't.
An intriguing documentary about a man who discovers some huge surprises with major implications when he starts digging through the stuff left behind in his grandparent's apartment in Tel Aviv after his grandmother's death.
Arnon's filmmaking is flaccid, with TV-style interviews and rote reaction shots in place of cinematic imagery and deftly edited surprises.
Since there's no big payoff, the family drama documentary fizzles in the end.
An earnest and deeply personal exhumation of proverbial skeletons in the family closet, The Flat is damned by its own incuriosity.
Once the facts have been presented, the film begins to run out of steam and one is only left to question why the filmmaker took this approach.
A film that turns a personal story into a commentary on international denial and healing after World War II.
Watching Goldfinger's curiosity be met with different answers to the same questions while his mother absorbs this new side of her own parents proves a fascinating study in family history.
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