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This isn't the first film to try to deal with the horrors of the Holocaust from a child's perspective, but it's tricky material, and this one succeeds because it is direct and forthright.
For those ready to view it on its own terms, its gentle focus on family and persistence should go down easy.
The great value of Christian Duguay's film is the degree to which it makes such a barbaric and bewildering chapter in human history comprehensible for young audiences.
"A Bag of Marbles" ("Un sac de billes") turns Nazi-occupied France into an obstacle course for two young Jewish boys on the run, and their plight into slickly sentimental thriller material for all of us.
Remains affecting in spite of its stickiest impulses, and should continue to please audiences without making any claims for classic status within a heavily populated genre.
The writing and its attendant characterizations have an undeniable integrity, the particular historical detail offered by the story is not common in films about this era, and the lead performers are moving.
Lacks dramatic impact.
I can't fault the two pint-sized stars for the lack of empathy and feeling. Both work their rears off attempting to bring depth and meaning to a treacly script by a gang of writers devoid of an original idea.
The movie shows us, with some success, what it might have been like to be a child facing such sustained horror.
[The Joffro brothers'] story is worth seeing, especially for Holocaust-movie completists.
Powerful story of boys' WWII survival has peril, violence.
Emotionally draining tale of two Jewish boys forced to hide their identity in Vichy France. Although conventional in cinematic terms, its succeeds through its story-telling.
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