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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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | December 15, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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The best thing about Four Seasons Lodge is its subject.

Full Review… | December 15, 2009
Boston Globe
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[Director Andrew Jacob's] pitch-perfect film provides an affectionate look at a brave, disappearing subculture.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
New York Post
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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.

November 13, 2009
New York Times
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What's most beautiful of all is that this document ensures that these people will indeed live on forever. Take that, Nazis!

Full Review… | November 10, 2009
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | November 10, 2009
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Four Seasons Lodge

When the second-rate band rips into "I Will Survive" at the end of "Four Seasons Lodge", the first instinct is to roll one's eyes; what a hackneyed tune! "Extraordinary how potent cheap music is," Noel Coward commented, and as the lyrics unfold ("Did you think I'd crumble/did you think I'd lay down and die/Oh no not I/I will survive/Oh as long as I know how to love I know I'll be alive"), the emotional force of this story suddenly wallops you. On the surface, this is "just" a documentary about a bunch of Jewish senior citizens who share cabins at a "resort" (to put it kindly) in the Catskills every summer; these elderly men and women, however, are almost all Holocaust survivors who have created this new "family" out of the only people like themselves who survived the horrors of the Nazis. The film is overlong and meandering, and has the unfortunate luck to be released after the sublime "Young At Heart." Still, you can't trump those black-and-white pictures of this film's subjects in their youth, mere weeks before they were sent to another kind of camp and everything they know was swept away in the ovens at Auschwitz. To these people, simply sitting in the sun or dancing to music is a powerful affirmation of the will to live; they have indeed survived, and this new "camp" is their symbolic triumph over the past. It may not belong in the upper-pantheon of Holocaust documentaries, but "Four Seasons Lodge" still has an urgent poignancy that can't be dismissed.

Dean Backus
Dean Backus

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