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Almost Peaceful Reviews

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March 28, 2005
a movie that stuffy film critics rate highly out of a sense of guilt and fear, but which never connect with real audiences, desperately waiting for something to happen
| Original Score: 3/5
March 23, 2005
The combination of happy plot resolutions, spring-like classical music and beautiful scenery put a pleasant cap on a very humane, moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 14, 2005
There isn't much of a narrative arc in director Michel Deville's drama, just many touching little stories.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 11, 2005
The plotting in this 2002 French drama really isn't any more deep than your typical soap opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 17, 2004
Generosity and love of life are the film's hallmarks. Like the work of an expert tailor, it's done with unobtrusive skill, essential warmth and seamless grace.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2004
Unlike any other film I have seen about the Holocaust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 29, 2004
There's something rather lovely about the mood and intentions of Michel Deville's French movie.
October 15, 2004
An unassuming, dignified and deeply resonant experience.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 30, 2004
Delicately moving.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 30, 2004
You become aware of how few movies about survivors of the Holocaust show them going about their lives, as opposed to acting out someone's idea of a Holocaust Survivor.
September 9, 2004
This is a film of half-notes and nuances, and as a chronicle of emotional survival it is infinitely inspiring.
September 5, 2004
A loving, moving portrait of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust attempting to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives in Paris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 28, 2004
Deville is an experienced director, and he composes this picture very neatly.
August 26, 2004
A mature and subtle film about how a community rebuilds itself after tragedy and disaster.
August 23, 2004
Handsomely shot but almost bewilderingly bland.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
August 22, 2004
The characters in Almost Peaceful are pulled between a longing for what is lost and a fierce desire to live. Deville's plangent sympathy for them keeps the sentimentality honest.
August 21, 2004
As an ensemble piece offering harsh themes rendered easily digestible by spoonfuls of sweetness and compassion, Almost Peaceful is too mild and treacly to enhance Deville's reputation with American audiences.
August 20, 2004
Michel Deville's heartfelt and sexy film feels stagy at moments, but the characters are so affectionately drawn and the cast is so watchable, it couldn't matter less.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 20, 2004
It may appear to be the ultimate non-action movie, but in the context of these lives, it is the highest kind of drama.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 20, 2004
Deville gently reveals that they're all simultaneously hauntingly fragile and amazingly resilient, their smiles as piercing as any resigned gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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