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Four Seasons Lodge (2008)

 -  Documentary  -  2008 (USA)
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From the darkness of Hitler's Europe to the mountains of the Catskills, Four Seasons Lodge follows a community of Holocaust survivors who come together each summer to dance, cook, fight and flirt-and celebrate their survival.

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From the darkness of Hitler's Europe to the lush mountains of New York's Catskills, Four Seasons Lodge follows a community of Holocaust survivors who come together each summer at their beloved bungalow colony to dance, cook, fight and flirt - and celebrate their survival. Beautifully photographed by a team of cinematographers led by Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), this unexpectedly funny film confronts sobering topics like aging, loss and the legacy of the Holocaust, capturing the Lodgers' intoxicating passion for life as the fate of their colony hangs in the balance. Written by FRF

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$11,667 (USA) (13 November 2009)

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sentimental and unoriginal
22 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately a promising topic was turned into a sentimental and overwrought drama. Mundane and predictable photography. There is little originality in this documentary as anyone familiar with Holocaust testimonies, and of course the people, has heard these stories with more insight. A superficial and kitschy film which does not add to scholarly thought. One also wonders why the crew chose this particular group; it's never made clear. It looks as if the people have been arranged for shots; definitely a high-budget production with aerials. Doesn't seem to suit the setting. The camera seems obvious, intruding into the lives of these people. Of course this would be unavoidable with a large crew. One wonders how the survivors felt, and that's another problem with the movie. The characters have little depth; they seem to spout expected lines and the whole effect is of a scripted film in which the director has just discovered the Holocaust and thinks he's the first. I watched this with some survivor relatives and they could not relate at all. They knew the clichés and shook their heads hearing them once again, this time portrayed as revelation.


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