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Life-After-Auschwitz Tale Anita B. Is Mired by Sentiment

21 April 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Anita (Eline Powell), the hero of Roberto Faenza’s new Holocaust film, is a Hungarian Jew and, as the picture opens, survivor of a recently liberated Auschwitz, where she had been interned since childhood through the war. We’re introduced to Anita as she’s welcomed, a bit cautiously, into a small-town home in the mountains of Czechoslovakia. There her Aunt Monica (Andrea Osvárt), now Anita’s closest living relation, is leading a quiet, docile life with her family — and wants very much to keep the horrors of the Shoah in the past. Anita’s arrival, it soon becomes clear, makes all this willed ignorance difficult: In this young girl’s face Monica sees the lingering pain of a history she’d rather not think about. This »

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