Fugitive Pieces (2008)

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

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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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R (for some sexuality)
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Drama
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Cast

Stephen Dillane
as Jakob Beer
Nina Dobrev
as Bella
Ayelet Zurer
as Michaela
Marcia Bennett
as Mrs. Taylor
Themis Bazaka
as Mrs. Serenou
Devon Bostick
as Teenage Ben
Daniel Kash
as Maurice
Robbie Kay
as Jakob (Young)
Hakan Coskuner
as German Soldier
Michael Stevens
as Book Publisher
Danai Skiadi
as Young Allegra
Gray Powell
as Allen
Stefen Rollpiller
as German Soldier
Monika Schurmann
as Jakob's Mother
Jonathan Soja
as German Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Fugitive Pieces

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (30)

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

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
indieWIRE
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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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2009
indieWIRE
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One of the most delicate, approachable and rewarding Holocaust movies of recent years.

Full Review… | May 28, 2009
Time Out
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Fugitive Pieces delivers its own evocative poetry.

July 11, 2008
Denver Post
Top Critic

The great Serbian actor Rade Serbedzija gives Fugitive Pieces its heart.

Full Review… | July 11, 2008
Film.com
Top Critic

Fugitive Pieces is an often lovely work, haunting its viewer long afterward with its quiet observations on what remains with us.

June 27, 2008
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

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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

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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.

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