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Hanna's Journey (2013)

Hannas Reise (original title)
A German girl travels to Israel to help people with disabilities, where she learns a lot about the role of her grandparents in WWII and meets a man who wants to move to Berlin.


Julia von Heinz


John Quester (screenplay), Julia von Heinz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karoline Schuch ... Hanna
Doron Amit Doron Amit ... Itay
Leah Koenig ... Gertraud (as Lia Koenig)
Max Mauff ... Carsten
Lore Richter Lore Richter ... Maja
Sigalit Fuchs ... Mira
Trystan Pütter ... Alex
Suzanne von Borsody ... Uta
Danielle Shimshoni Danielle Shimshoni ... Hadar (as Daniel Shimshoni)
Tsahi Hanan ... Albert
Lior Shabtai Lior Shabtai
Alon Zinger Alon Zinger ... Alon
Benzion Reuven Benzion Reuven ... Reuven
Shoshana Garbati Shoshana Garbati ... Shoshana
Simona Idan Simona Idan ... Rony


Hanna is a young German that goes to Israel in order to push her career by working with disabled people. Itay, the Israeli social worker, picks on her with Holocaust jokes and cynical comments on German history, whilst obviously flirting with her. She initially reacts with rejection, but after a while Hanna becomes interested in her family's history, and also in Itay. Written by anonymous

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A snapshot of a vanishing point
17 June 2014 | by NozzSee all my reviews

The movie seems to be a look at the vanishing of first-hand memories of the Holocaust on both the German and the Jewish/Israeli sides. The grandchildren of the Holocaust generation have not been told much, but they do bear scars that they may not know the reason for. Not knowing is not healthy, but the sources of the knowledge are disappearing.

As this picture is painted, Israel is greatly oversimplified. It looks almost as if no Jews ever lived in Israel other than European refugees and their descendants. Few dark-skinned Jews and, by the way, no Arabs- - although the Israeli army is portrayed as a soul-destroying force and presumably there are Arabs somewhere to serve as its victims.

I have no idea how autobiographical the original story is, but the movie involves some mentally handicapped Israelis and in order to make the movie work, these people must, despite their mental handicaps, converse in English, and they must be pretty well disciplined most of the time. No problem leaving them alone while the male and female leads step out for a heart-to-heart conversation; or letting them go into the sea.

The heroine herself is a confused and conflicted character with a very specific back story, but that's a good thing. As Fitzgerald is said to have written, go for the individual and you'll get the type; go for the type and you'll get nothing. Hanna is a good example of the first case and the mentally handicapped Israelis are an example of the other case.

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23 January 2014 (Germany) See more »

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Love Israel See more »

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Tel Aviv, Israel See more »


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