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Toyland (2007)
"Spielzeugland" (original title)

 |  Short, Drama, War  |  2008 (USA)
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1942: what happens when a German kid believes that his Jewish neighbors are going to Toyland? A story about lies and guilt.

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Marianne Meißner
Cedric Eich ...
Heinrich Meißner
Tamay Bulut Özvatan ...
David Silberstein
Torsten Michaelis ...
Herr Silbertein
Claudia Hübschmann ...
Frau Silberstein
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SS-Obersturmführer Falke
Gregor Weber ...
SS-Mann Werner
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Klaus-Jürgen Steinmann ...
Blockwart
Heike Reichenwallner ...
Nachbarin
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On a winter morning, a mother goes to waken her son Heinrich; his bed is empty. She leaves her flat to find him. The neighbors' door, with a Star of David painted on it, is ajar, the furnishings in disarray, the family gone. She asks passersby, runs to the police then on to the rail yard. Flashbacks show that Heinrich and the neighbors' son Paul are six years old and best friends. Paul's family's deportation is expected soon; Heinrich's mother tells her son that they're going to Toyland. Heinrich wants to go with them, has a bag packed, and listens for their departure. His mother realizes he's joined them, and her resolve becomes more urgent. Will she arrive in time to save Heinrich? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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17 February 2009 | by (balabusta) – See all my reviews

I just saw Spielzeugland and recognized the whole plot almost from the beginning. I am positive I've seen it before, or read it. Does anyone else remember it? There was a Q&A with the writer and he didn't mention getting the plot from somewhere else. Anyone out there know this story from a maybe book or a t.v. show? That said, I did find it very moving and upsetting. The actress who played the mother did a fine job, as did the piano teacher. People may say holocaust-themed movies are overdone, but I don't think so; that era needs to be kept alive in peoples' minds so that it doesn't fade into oblivion as the final survivors die out. It's hard to believe the entire film is only l4 minutes long.


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