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To Life (2014)

À la vie (original title)
Helen, Rose and Lili have survived the Holocaust and have never seen each other since the war has ended. In 1960, they meet again in Berck, France. They learn to enjoy together simple ... See full summary »

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Hélène
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Lily
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Rose
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Henri
Mathias Mlekuz ...
Raymond
Benjamin Wangermee ...
Pierre
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La concierge
Béatrice Michel ...
Madame Simone
Michel Drapier ...
Le marchand de glaces
Frank Aoust ...
Un serveur Charlier (as Franck Aoust)
Lucile Corbeille ...
La maman au ballon
Jacqueline Segard ...
Une cliente Charlier
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L'imprimeur
Patrick Ligardes ...
Le mari de la concierge
Eric Slabiak ...
Le violoniste
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Helen, Rose and Lili have survived the Holocaust and have never seen each other since the war has ended. In 1960, they meet again in Berck, France. They learn to enjoy together simple pleasures in life: nice meals, ballads on the beach, playing in the waves... Written by isajademarilyn

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Bury the Past. Celebrate the Present. To Life!

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26 November 2014 (France)  »

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Hélène et ses soeurs  »

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Beautiful film
31 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film as a part of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival put on by the Jewish Film Institute. I'd never before seen a film that takes place so soon after the liberation of Auschwitz. It's interesting to grapple with the almost shock and disgust of how quickly life is expected to move on for the survivors after such an atrocity. The film did a wonderful job showing how one particular group of women tried to move on and build lives in the 15 or so years after the war. I thought that the depiction of female friendships was done in a powerful and real way. I just don't understand why this film doesn't have a higher rating.


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