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When the end came for World War II, many Jews were spread around the free world and desired to return to Palestine. Lisa Held has been promised to be returned to her native land. Inspector Peter Jongman of the Dutch secret police compassionately makes the arrangements for her to be smuggled into her home land. Written by
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I watched it during my mid-teen years (circa 1980); I'm male. Fortunately, I didn't suffer the burdens some of these other reviewers suffered when they viewed it, such as knowing one of the actresses was notoriously Catholic or paying attention to her fair complexion such that I couldn't accept her character as Jewish. I try my best to remain ignorant of these sorts of things so that I have the best chance possible of appreciating a quality movie for what it is. It was probably my first time seeing any of the actors, so I wasn't comparing their performances to their prior and subsequent performances, or wondering why they didn't earn an award nomination for this role when they earned one for some other. Nor did I didn't make note of historical inaccuracies during the movie, as though I expected a documentary. I simply sat down and watched a movie, hoping to be transported--and I was.
This is a love story, first, second, and foremost. It is so in a deep, subtle, convoluted way, however, as opposed to explicitly/passionately/upliftingly so--a love that is fought and denied, inwardly and outwardly, for a variety of reasons, some of which are quite somber. If you don't appreciate that sort of thing or aren't in the mood for it, then I wouldn't be surprised if you rated this movie somewhere between 6 and 8. The suspenseful storyline serves as powerful enrichment to the love story, not as brilliant portrayal of the historical, political, and moral issues involved. If you can appreciate subtle romantic love stories that are devoid of explicit expressions of passion and set in darkness, curl up some emotive evening with a sensitive significant other, and I think you will enjoy it immensely.
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