A Very Believable Familiar Drama About Traumas of Some Survivals of the Holocaust
In 1967, Paula (Blythe Danner) and David Tobias (Joe Mantegna) are Jews survivals from the Holocaust. They lost their husband, wife and sons (two, each of them) in the war, murdered by the Nazis. They met each other after the war, and got married, not for love, but for supporting each other. In USA, they have two sons: the rebel and selfish Jake (David Lascher) and the sweet Ben (Kevin Zegers). Their income source is a small toy store, where Paula and David works, eventually supported by theirs sons. Jake wants to move to another place and live with his girlfriend Amy, and Jake wants to play baseball, but their very-protective parents do not allow them. Jake wants to join the Army and fight in Vietnam just to upset his mother. One day, Paula receives a phone call from an international non-governmental agency informing that one of her sons is alive. Paula gets excited, sends the necessary money for travel expenses of his son and goes to New York with a friend of her to meet him. There she realizes that the agency committed a mistake, and this event is a trigger that releases many traumas buried in her soul. In the end, the family somehow overcomes these problems and life goes on. Although being a very slow movie, it is also sensitive and hooks the attention of the viewer. The character of Jake is so selfish that has irritated me. This screenplay seems to be based on the true story since it is very believable, having a dedication in the end of the movie. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): `Uma Chamada do Passado' (`A Call from the Past')
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