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Spielzeugland (2007)

TV-PG | | Short, Drama, War | 2008 (USA)
A German mother lies to her son about where the Nazis are sending their Jewish neighbors.
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Cast overview:
Julia Jäger ... Marianne Meißner
Cedric Eich ... Heinrich Meißner
Tamay Bulut Özvatan ... David Silberstein
Torsten Michaelis ... Herr Silbertein
Claudia Hübschmann ... Frau Silberstein
... SS-Obersturmführer Falke
Gregor Weber ... SS-Mann Werner
Jürgen Trott ... Schutzpolizist
Klaus-Jürgen Steinmann ... Blockwart
Heike Reichenwallner ... Nachbarin
Matthias Paul ... Gestapo Mann
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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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30 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

the films about Shoah are many. but "Toyland" is different. for its intensity. for its switch. for the exploration of an explanation and a fundamental decision. and, sure, for something who remains out of words. because it is a film about hope. and about miracle in a form who seems so easy to define than remains deep way impressive. a mother, her son, theirs neighbors.and a piano. nothing more but enough for a so intense film, profound provocative, than it becomes a serious challenge for the viewer. to become himself. in better version.


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