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The Flat (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 14 June 2012 (Germany)
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As a documentarian cleans out the flat that belonged to his grandparents - both immigrants from Nazi Germany - he uncovers clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story.

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Michael Adler ... Himself
Yaron Amit ... Himself
Avrham Barkai ... Herself (as Dr. Avrham Barkai)
Meital Beili ... Herself
Rani Eisenberg ... Himself
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Gidi Goldfinger ... Himself
Hannah Goldfinger ... Herself
Noam Goldfinger ... Himself
Yair Goldfinger ... Himself
Orit Goldfinger-Mendel ... Herself
Heinz Hohne ... Himself
Erika Jocker ... Herself
Guido Jocker ... Himself
Gertrude Kino ... Herself (archive footage)
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When Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother dies in Tel Aviv, his whole family come around for the necessary disposition of her property. While dealing with all the stuff, Arnon makes a shocking discovery: evidence that his German Jewish grandparents had a long-lasting friendship with the senior Nazi SS officer, Leopold von Mildenstein, before and after World War II. His repulsion and confusion at how his beloved grandparents could have done that sends Arnon on an international search for the truth. In doing so, Arnon learns about a complex relationship, in which family, sentiment, history and human nature combine to produce a kind of denial in reaction to the worst of reality. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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When you start looking at the past you never know what you'll find...

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Opening Weekend USA:

$19,916, 21 October 2012, Limited Release

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$467,022, 6 January 2013
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Arnon Goldfinger: When my grandmother died, I realized that my family lives only in the present, so I take home anything that smells 100 years old or older. For the first time in my life, I have a past.
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17 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Having read multiple reviews before watching "The Flat" I knew that I would enjoy the film. It is a documentary of a family coming to terms with the death of matriarch and uncovering secrets about the Holocaust and relationships both within in the family and between cultures. Although slow at points, the film also has moments of deep emotional intensity as the protagonists asks simple questions of his family and newly discovered acquaintances/friends. The insights gained through the revelations are also highlighted by well-placed conversations with experts who try and decipher the nature of the relationships and how they influenced how the family tried to find their place in the world. Overall, a visceral film that should be seen by anyone who has interest in how their parents/grandparents deal with the aftermath of tragedy which in this movie revolves around the Holocaust.


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