Four Seasons Lodge (2008)


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Fascinated by the group of aging Holocaust survivors who spend their summers together at the Four Seasons Lodge in the Catskill Mountains, filmmaker Andrew Jacobs documents their collective memories, close friendships, and rich traditions at a time when their favorite retreat hovers in an uncertain state of flux. Every year since 1979, this small group of German and Polish Jews has gathered at the Four Seasons to reminisce about their childhoods and find comfort in one another's company. Like old friends, they often bicker and argue, but it generally isn't anything that lodge president Carl can't resolve with some friendly advice. This year, the regular vacationers at the Four Seasons hopelessly split between those who want to see the resort sold, and those who hope to see it stay intact. But this particular group has been through so much together that whatever may come of the Four Seasons, their familial bonds will remain as strong as they ever were.

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Perhaps the most remarkable thing this unexpectedly warm and affirmative film shows us about the survivors is that, far from blocking out their past, they've managed to enjoy these unexpected years despite continually living with their personal horrors.

Dec 15, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The best thing about Four Seasons Lodge is its subject.

Dec 15, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

[Director Andrew Jacob's] pitch-perfect film provides an affectionate look at a brave, disappearing subculture.

Nov 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The lyrically complicating hand of Mr. Maysles, who shot the film with several collaborators, is everywhere apparent in the way the camera picks a path around coherence, refusing narrative in favor of the thick detail of life unfolding.

Nov 13, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5

What's most beautiful of all is that this document ensures that these people will indeed live on forever. Take that, Nazis!

Nov 11, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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What's surprising about a documentary with such an obvious hook is its unforced but trenchant look at the crisis of faith dividing a small group of mostly Polish Jews who suffered through one of the most godless blights on human history.

Nov 10, 2009 | Full Review…

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