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Haley Joel Osment,
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This movie wasn't released in USA due to commercial difficulties right away. There were plans to release it theatrically, but to no avail. It was released straight to DVD. See more »
After Maria gets raped, she goes into the river to wash herself. She puts her head in the water and wipes her face. In the next shot she is lying on her side washing herself, her hair is dry in front. See more »
Are we blessed? Or are we just the edges?
We are all scraps, Romek, and we are all blessed the same.
But not all the people right?
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This film marks the departure of the Hollywood blockbuster for Haley Joel Osment. This film is a collaboration of European interest, as well as Hollywood money, and bears well for such future collaborations.
Haley, starring as a young Jew caught up in the atrocities of the 2nd World War, is excellent, giving very intense and moving performances, however, the ensemble cast of young people work very well together to create the unsettling atmosphere that prevailed at the time.
All the performances are perceptive, the direction is excellent, and the story solid and bold.
It is a tribute to Haley and all who surround him, that he chose this to follow "A.I.", as it pushes the actor and performance, rather than the bank balance.
Not a children's film, but a story of children, with strong modern day resonations, that is relevant today, to us all.
Well worth seeing!
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