Fugitive Pieces

2008

Fugitive Pieces

Critics Consensus

Though the retelling is a bit too subtle, the moving story and solid performances lift Fugitive Pieces beyond standard holocaust tales.

68%

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Reviews Counted: 76

65%
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User Ratings: 33,429

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65%
Average Rating: 3/5

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"Fugitive Pieces" is a powerful, poetic, and emotionally-charged drama about love, loss and redemption. The film tells the story of Jakob Beer, a man whose life is haunted by his childhood experiences during WWII. As a child in Poland he is orphaned during wartime then saved by a compassionate Greek archeologist. Over the course of his life, he attempts to deal with the losses he has endured. Through his writing, and then through the discovery of true love, Jakob is ultimately freed from the legacy of his past.

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Critic Reviews for Fugitive Pieces

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (33)

Distractingly jumping back and forth in time, the film falters badly in the modern era, yet its tale is still a moving one.

Jul 29, 2011 | Full Review…

Nostalgic, deeply felt, and refreshingly astute, "Fugitive Pieces" is something of a rare bird these days%u2014a big-budget, transnational historical drama that actually justifies its scope and subject matter with more than visual opulence.

Aug 8, 2009 | Full Review…

One of the most delicate, approachable and rewarding Holocaust movies of recent years.

May 29, 2009 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Anne Michael's complex, poetic novel is here adapted into a stolid, somewhat po-faced film, but one that still manages to tease some affecting drama out of its scholarly premise.

May 29, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Guardian
Top Critic

Though the strong performances from the brooding Dillane and the ever-good Serbedzija keep things from getting dull, the film does meander its way to a final act that simply peters out.

Dec 1, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Writer-director Jeremy Podeswa, another Canadian, doesn't try to reproduce the talk on film, which is a wise move.

Nov 28, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fugitive Pieces

½

A Holocaust story about memory, intimacy, revelation, and redemption. My only complaint here was the very slow pace. It really drags its feet. I am sure the pacing worked better in written form, and the movie did inspire me to seek out more about this author. The novel, I am told, is written in prose form, and is as beautifully written as the story it tells. The movie comes across in the same exact way, and takes some patience to appreciate it, I guess.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

A-bloody-mazing. I need this book, the story is as intriguing as it is compelling and it is told in a really beautiful manner. To be honest, I'm kinda sad most of you have picked this as a 'not interested'. I guess it's not for everyone. [review TBC].

Bannan instant enigma- just add water
Bannan instant enigma- just add water

Super Reviewer

½

I found this a gripping movie. Life is not easy for Holocaust survivors. We follow the life of a Jakob who looses he parents and sister to the Nazi's. He has troubles letting his memories go - he needs to retain them, but not forgetting means he cannot love. The acting by Robbie Kay who played Jakob as a nine year old was amazing.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

A very moving story of a young boy who during the occupation of Nazi Germany, watches a soldiers execute his family and drag off his sister to the woods to do who knows what, we see his life story, the man who harbored him, and the relationships he has as he grows older. Its a good story, but for adults. Have to give it 4 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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