Fugitive Pieces


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.



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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 (37) | Fresh (52) | Rotten (24)

  • 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…
  • Fugitive Pieces reduces the Holocaust and its aftermath to a cosy soap opera.

    May 29, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the most delicate, approachable and rewarding Holocaust movies of recent years.

    May 29, 2009 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The movie has little dramatic momentum, and its journey is essentially Jakob's incremental acceptance of his fate. But Dillane and the writer-director Jeremy Podeswa create such a compelling central character that it hardly matters.

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

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • His journey towards peace of mind involves lots of lyrical philosophising, which presumably comes straight from the film's source novel, by Anne Michaels, and doesn't lend itself to dramatisation, despite Dillane's typically intelligent performance.

    May 29, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fugitive Pieces

  • May 17, 2011
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    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 i Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2009
    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 L Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2009
    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 B Super Reviewer

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