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Divided We Fall (2000)
"Musíme si pomáhat" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War  |  16 March 2000 (Czech Republic)
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In Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple agree to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bolek Polívka ...
Josef Cízek
Anna Sisková ...
Marie Cizková
Csongor Kassai ...
David Wiener
Jaroslav Dusek ...
Horst Prohaska
Martin Huba ...
Dr. Albrecht Kepke
Jirí Pecha ...
Frantisek Simácek
Simona Stasová ...
Libuse Simácková
Vladimír Marek ...
SS Officer
Richard Tesarík ...
Captain
Karel Hermánek ...
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Otto Sevcík ...
SS Offcier
Jirí Kodet ...
Dr. Fischer-Rybáf
Petr Knotek
Helena Neuwirthová
Nelly Kocarjan
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In World War II Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple, Josef and Marie Cizek, can only watch while the Jewish family of their employers, the Wieners, are first removed from their own home to a spare room in their house by the Nazis, then deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp. Years later, young David Wiener, the sole surviving member of that family has managed to escape and make it to the Cizeks. Although fully aware of the extreme danger of harbouring a Jew in the Third Reich, the Cizek's can not permit themselves to leave David to certain death and agree to hide him. However, this decision leads to terrible danger of discovery by the Nazis and especially their friend and Nazi collaborator, Horst Prohazka, who is attracted to Marie. With desperate cleverness and luck, the Cizeks struggle to keep the secret, even when Horst begins to suspect. In doing so, they find themselves making unorthodox choices and learning about the true nature of the people around them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@rogers.com>

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In a war-torn village, one couple makes the ultimate sacrifice to save another.

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$28,583 (USA) (8 June 2001)

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$1,320,112 (USA) (21 December 2001)
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Courage and cowardice
22 December 2004 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

In Krszysztof Kieslowski's brilliant film, 'No End', set in post-Solidarity Poland, a lawyer tells a dissident union leader: 'You decided to collaborate the day you decided not to throw yourself under a tank.' Which is of course true, but often forgotten in our easy condemnation of those who picked the wrong side in past wars. To have been a baker in occupied France, say, and to have continued with your work, draws no retrospective judgement; to have been a senior civil servant is to earn today the label of a Nazi. Of course, Nazism was almost uniquely repugnant, and yet could have been stopped had no-one collaborated; but those of us lucky enough not to have lived through the war need also be careful about setting up standards that we ourselves could not have met. 'Divided We Fall' is a Czech drama set in World War Two, whose strength is it's honesty is portraying both the courage of ordinary people, and also the limits of that courage. It's heroes become reluctant enemies of the Germans when they shelter a Jewish fugitive for initially just one night; and are then forced to follow through on their actions. Director Jan Hrebejk is rather too keen on the peculiar trick of shooting film with a reduced refresh rate, rather like an old silent movie, so that his characters' movements appear odd and jerky: I'm not too sure what this is supposed to achieve. The gloomy nature of the central protagonist also leads to a lack of tonal variation in the piece, he is terminally depressed even before he gets into trouble, and this pervasive mood of hopelessness takes some of the zing out of what at times feels a slow-paced movie. But the merit of this work is it's portrayal of real human beings, doing both good and bad things, for mixed motives, at times of intense pressure. 'Divided We Fall' might not be a great film; but it is a true one.


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