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Fugitive Pieces (2007)

R | | Adventure, Drama, War | 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 Mother
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Jakob's Father
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Athos Roussos (as Rade Sherbedgia)
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Polish Cab Driver
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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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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Budget:

CAD 12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$634,379 (USA) (8 August 2008)
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An engaging drama
24 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The film tells the story of a Polish man, Jakob, who was orphaned during the 2nd World War and saved by a Greek archaeologist. His saviour smuggles him out of Poland to Greece and relative safety. After the war they move to Canada and Jakob reflects on his life, writing about his traumatic childhood, the memories of which still haunt him. His troubled emotions lead to the break up of his marriage and he moves on with the intent of coming to terms with his past.

Towards the end of the film the story does perhaps get a little too profound and the ultimate resolution is a bit too neat and tidy to be believable. However, it's a great story.


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