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Almost Peaceful Reviews

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 17, 2004
Unlike any other film I have seen about the Holocaust.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 29, 2004
There's something rather lovely about the mood and intentions of Michel Deville's French movie.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2004
Delicately moving.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 9, 2004
This is a film of half-notes and nuances, and as a chronicle of emotional survival it is infinitely inspiring.
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 28, 2004
Deville is an experienced director, and he composes this picture very neatly.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
August 26, 2004
A mature and subtle film about how a community rebuilds itself after tragedy and disaster.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
August 23, 2004
Handsomely shot but almost bewilderingly bland.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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Jan Stuart
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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 19, 2004
In this gently observed film about Holocaust survivors, survival means something other than choked laughter and sentimental bromides or brute, animal struggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leslie Camhi
Village Voice
August 17, 2004
Deville has managed to preserve the work's great virtues -- the intimacy, discretion, grace, and humor with which it speaks of both irredeemable disaster and the taste for life that survives it.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 19, 2003
Without even realizing it, director Michel Deville's Almost Peaceful doesn't just capture the mundane climb back to the familiar, it emphasizes it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
December 18, 2003
An intimate tale of how a group of strangers scarred by the past and with heavy personal burdens attempts to break the years of mistrust and suspicions built up during the war years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4