Dear Mr. Waldman (Michtavim le America) (2006)
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Critic Reviews for Dear Mr. Waldman (Michtavim le America)
Although the subject may be one you'd prefer not to revisit, Dear Mr. Waldman brings it to life with style and intelligence.
Poignant coming of age movie about a ten year old boy and his father, an Auschwitz survivor.
Peled's film allows us to realize damaged men and women at a vital stage in life, trying to raise a young family while at the same time being plagued by memories of evil beyond words.
...the increasingly familiar trajectory of the story becomes awfully difficult to overlook.
... writer/director Hanan Peled has crafted a magnificent film that has as much to say about blind devotion and chronic denialism (ironically, on both sides of the Nazi persecution of the Jews) as the immediate and lingering effects of systemic ethnic cle
Audience Reviews for Dear Mr. Waldman (Michtavim le America)
Excellent slice of life after the war in the newly created state of Israel. A man who lost his first wife and son in the concentration camps, clings to the belief that his son somehow survived the war. His second wife and two sons must cope with the melancholy that consumes him. The younger boy finds a friend in a classmate who provides him with a different perspective and a connection to a life outside of his family. The acting is superb, the emotions are raw, and the story is quite sad. This viewer remained thoroughly engaged in this excellent treatment of a dark period when no one knew whether the newly founded nation, or a family so devestated by war, would survive. The courage and hope of a nation were interwoven in the strugle of Moishe (Rami Heuberger) and Rivka (Jenya Dodina) and their sons. The younger son, Hilik (Ido Port) turned in a fine performance and actually provided the lens which allows one to see the struggle close up. Another bright spot was the performance of Ela Armoni as Hilik's friend, the girl Nirit. Life goes on, no matter how painful it may be at times.
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