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Fugitive Pieces (2007)

R  |   |  Drama  |  9 May 2008 (USA)
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A child escapes from Poland during World War II and first heads to Greece before coming of age in Canada.

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Jakob's Father
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Athos Roussos (as Rade Sherbedgia)
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Polish Cab Driver
John Watson ...
German Checkpoint Soldier
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Maggie Huculak ...
Librarian
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Diego Matamoros ...
Jozef
Sarah Orenstein ...
Sara
Gray Powell ...
Alan
Dmitry Chepovetsky ...
John
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Middle aged Jakob Beer reflects on his life, this reflection which is all consuming. He is a Polish born and raised Jew. When he was an adolescent, his parents were shot dead and his sister Bella hauled away by the Nazis during World War II. Jakob witnessed these events from a hideout in their home. Running away, Jakob was found by Athos Roussos, a Greek national working on an archaeological project in Poland. Athos managed to smuggle Jakob out of Poland back to his native Greece. A few years later, Athos and Jakob moved to Canada where Athos began work as a teacher. Jakob has continual dreams about Bella, especially her piano playing but never knew Bella's ultimate fate. Jakob's reflections, especially the emotions stemming from his thoughts, lead to him becoming a writer of a successful book. His marriage to his first wife Alex, an outgoing and upbeat woman, fails because he can't get out of the somberness connected to his past at this time of his life. It isn't until he comes to ... Written by Huggo

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Budget:

CAD 12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$102,212 (USA) (2 May 2008)

Gross:

$634,379 (USA) (8 August 2008)
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A very moving account of the troubles of war
29 May 2009 | by (Camden Town, London, England) – See all my reviews

I won a pair of tickets to this film, not knowing much about it - what a lucky win it turned out to be.

War is a terrible thing and often tortures the remaining years for its survivors. For a child, of course, war's awful memories impact without the luxury of maturity and this story is but one among millions. But the story is told well and says something good about the human condition.

The film is beautifully shot and the locations are a treat for the eyes. The actors are each plausible in their roles and perform well. The story is very moving - take some tissues! Perhaps a little slow moving for some and perhaps a touch too long, it is nevertheless a very good film.


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