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Martha
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Ernst
Klaus Grünberg ...
Berthold
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Werner
Václav Chalupa ...
Emil (young)
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Jana Altmanová ...
Kamila
Vladimír Brabec
Jana Brezinová ...
Ida
Michael Kocáb ...
Hrubý
Zuzana Kocúriková
Diana Mórová
Bozidara Turzonovová ...
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Sona Valentová ...
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Ondrej Vetchý ...
Emil
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A child meets his uncle, a Czech Jew living in the south of Germany in the days before the 2nd world war. Without taking care of social prejudices, the uncle marries Martha, his servant. When the Nazis come to the power the young and the couple move to Prague. Then is Martha who defends her marriage to a Jew against the society. Finally, the man manages to force the separation to save Martha from finishing in a concentration camp with him. Written by Miguel A. Andrade <andrade@gredos.cnb.uam.es>

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A poignant lesson in love and devotion
9 July 2003 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

It has been years since I saw this film at the San Francisco Foreign Film Festival. It really leaves an impression; I highly recommend it. The plot spans years before and during the Holocaust. Through the eyes of his young nephew, we watch the plight of an initially successful Jewish doctor ("Uncle Ernst") living in Germany. While Ernst's plight is central to the story, it is mostly Martha, his housekeeper-become-wife, who draws you in--at least that's the impression I have after all these years. After the film, the face of this kindly, well-meaning woman haunted me for some time, and I can even picture it now: radiating joy during the warmer moments of the film, and piercing the viewer's own heart with sorrow at other moments.

Many films that take place during the Holocaust are somewhat predictable. That said, this one is rich and unique enough in plot that it stands out in my memory, but mostly thanks to the acting and poignancy of the story. I think the film's biggest strength is the attachment you form to Martha, an extremely sympathetic character whose devotion to her husband is so sincere, so touching, that it seems to erase all barriers for the human heart.


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