Austerlitz (2016)



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There are places in Europe that have remained as painful memories of the past - factories where humans were turned into ash. These places are now memorial sites that are open to the public and receive thousands of tourists every year. The film's title refers to the eponymous novel written by W.G. Sebald, dedicated to the memory of Holocaust. This film is an observation of the visitors to a memorial site that has been founded on the territory of a former concentration camp. Why do they go there? What are they looking for?


Critic Reviews for Austerlitz

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

The present-day worth of preserved Holocaust death camps is tacitly addressed in Sergei Loznitsa's brilliant observational doc.

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…
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Exhibiting a simplicity and intellectual acuity that is far too rare in the field of documentary, Loznitsa has created a film whose cumulative impact will stay with you long after you watch it.

Nov 17, 2017 | Full Review…

The film's visual and spatial incongruities impose tacit condemnation-a kind of guilt-by-participation determination-but, more plaintively, the contrasts allow for a sustained contemplation of the elegiac, of memorialization.

Oct 10, 2017 | Full Review… is precisely the director's economy and calm before this loaded historical subject that makes Austerlitz all the more powerful.

Jul 23, 2017 | Rating: Recommended | Full Review…

To watch his film is to simply watch people walk in the footsteps of atrocity and wear their natural, instantaneous unguarded responses.

Jul 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Prepare to draw plenty of conclusions about and insights into human nature from their ordinary exploits, including many that you won't expect.

Jul 4, 2017 | Full Review…

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