1942. Joseph is eleven. And this June morning, he must go to school, a yellow star sewn on his chest. He receives the support of a goods dealer. The mockery of a baker. Between kindness and contempt, Jo, his Jewish friends, their families, learn of life in an occupied Paris, on the Butte Montmartre, where they've taken shelter. At least that's what they think, until that morning on July 16th 1942, when their fragile happiness is toppled over. From the Vélodrome D'Hiver, where 13 000 Jews are crammed, to the camp of Beaune-La-Rolande, from Vichy to the terrace of the Berghof, La Rafle follows the real destinies of the victims and the executioners. Of those who orchestrated it all. Of those who trusted them. Of those who fled. Of those who opposed them. Every character in this film has existed. Every event, even the most extreme, transpired on that summer of 1942.Written by
Fro the camp of Beaune-La-Rolande, the film used the same camp which was used for Au nom de tous les miens (1983) and which was still intact at the Mafilm studios in Budapest, Hungary. See more »
When Nono drops his teddy-bear from the train, it falls right next to the track. Just a little while later, Annette finds it under the rail-station's roof. See more »
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by Paul Misraki
Performed by Ray Ventura
(p) Warner Chappell Music France /Meridian 1946, pour la France et territoires SACEM, Belgique, Suisse et Luxembourg
(p) Warner Chappell Music France 1946, pour le reste du monde
(p) 1941 Capitol Music
Avec l'aimable autorisation d'EMI Music France et Warner Chappell Music France See more »
This movie has all I want in a film, it is informing and holds the attention. I am a great admirer of Jean Reno and he comes over here as good as ever. The acting in general was excellent and the child actors were superb with such a difficult storyline. The music fitted well to the story and allowed the feel of the movie to shine through. In all a great film which stirs the blood and makes one feel ashamed to be human. It is important to remember what happened and why we should never let it happen again, however it seems that it happens now and we do nothing about it. Long live the French film school, with a tear in my eye I end this review and think again of the many who died without a cause.
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