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A Bag of Marbles (Un sac de billes) (2018)



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This heartwarming adaptation of Joseph Joffo's enduring memoir tells the story of the Nazi occupation through the eyes of two young Jewish boys struggling to survive on their own. Paris, 1941: Joseph and Maurice are the sons of Roman, the local barber. At 10 and 12, the boys have so little understanding of the persecution of Jews that Joseph thinks nothing of swapping his yellow star for a bag of marbles. Despite their naiveté, Roman knows that their best chance to escape the Nazi roundup is to flee on their own to Vichy France, where their older brothers Albert and Henri have found safe haven. Always one false move from tragedy, these tenacious urchins survive on courage, ingenuity and more than a bit of cunning as they make their precarious way through France hoping to reunite with their family. More than anything, it's their brotherly bond that gets them through their ordeals. Patrick Bruel resonates as the Jewish family patriarch Roman, while newcomers Dorian Le Clech and Batyste Fleurial register an almost agonizing vulnerability as hapless innocents trying to outrun the barbarous machinery of war.


Bernard Campan
as Ambroise Mancelier
Kev Adams
as Ferdinand
Christian Clavier
as Docteur Rosen
Emile Berling
as Raoul Mancelier
Jocelyne Desverchere
as Marcelle Mancelier
Coline Leclère
as Françoise
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Features an authentic performance by Patrick Bruel as a man who runs a barber shop for Jewish customers at a time that Jews were banned from "Aryan" establishments.

March 18, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Less sweet than Jaques Doillon's version in 1975, "A Bag of Marbles" would be the outside of the wonderful "Goodbye, boys." [Full Review in Spanish]

January 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This film does not innovate in its content (it has been adapted previously by Jacques Doillon with a neorealist vision), but in its form... [Full review in Spanish]

December 29, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Though not without its small blights, it's a poignant crowd pleaser with cross-over appeal that challenges your emotions and engages the human spirit.

November 4, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This drama set in occupied France during World War II tackles with good skill the vicissitudes of a child who runs away with his brother. [Full review in Spanish]

August 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The movie's strength is that it follows the rhythm of the boys' journey, and mixes the comedy and tragedy well, often in the course of a single scene. The script highlights the brothers' resilience, as well as their vulnerability.

April 13, 2017 | Full Review…

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