Miriam (2006)




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Miriam is only 14 years old when she loses both her family and her innocence to the horrors of the Holocaust. Orphaned and interned in Lithuania's notorious Slobodka labor camp, Miriam musters the courage and the will to fight back and is finally rescued by the Jewish underground. Placed in the home of a married couple and provided with a new identity, Miriam finds temporary sanctuary, until she is raped and impregnated by the very man chosen to protect her. Left to fend for herself as an unmarried mother, Miriam conceals her identity to ensure her safety and that of her child during the Russian occupation of Lithuania, living as a Christian and working towards career as a successful pharmacist. After years of tragedy and betrayal, Miriam finally finds love with a handsome KGB officer, whose affectionate nature is very much at odds with his brutal job. But, with Moscow's anti-Semitic policies haunting her at every turn, Miriam's struggle to remain true to both her heritage and her new family is far from over. Yet, no matter what obstacles she faces, Miriam's spirit rarely falters, and the final chapters of her true story are as riveting as any novel.
PG-13 (for violence and sexual content)
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Nina Franoszek
as Eleanora
Ariana Savalas
as Miriam Schafer
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Critic Reviews for Miriam

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

The events recounted in the World War II drama Miriam are horrific, and the story behind it is moving. Unfortunately, the finished product feels like exploitation.

June 8, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

So bad it doesn't ever approach being good, doesn't even go from bad to good and back to bad again -- just bad bad bad, all the way through.

Full Review… | June 6, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

Such a touching story warrants retelling with better resources.

Full Review… | May 18, 2007
Top Critic

It's a forgotten piece of history worth recounting. One only regrets it wasn't better recounted than it is here.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
TV Guide

A threadbare Holocaust drama that could be of some educational value in middle schools.

Full Review… | June 2, 2007

Miriam is a paean to Jewish oppression as if commissioned by the History Channel.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Slant Magazine

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