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There are places in Europe that have remained as painful memories of the past - factories where humans were turned into ash. These places are now memorial sites that are open to the public and receive thousands of tourists every year. The film's title refers to the eponymous novel written by W.G. Sebald, dedicated to the memory of Holocaust. This film is an observation of the visitors to a memorial site that has been founded on the territory of a former concentration camp. Why do they go there? What are they looking for?Written by
I liked the film. I did not agree with the previous reviewer about the filmmaker "using" the visitors in any way. He is just documenting, cinema verité style, and the shots of visitor after visitor taking selfies in Aushwitz speak for themselves. This is clearly cinematic work, for a big screen, but I watched it on a small screen, and it was fine, too. I occasionally think what would have happened if the filmmaker took an outside view and showed us how it "should be," what the site should be for these tourists, explained for the viewer - American style, like everything is explained in American documentaries - but this is not the director's style, not his form, so I was okay with it. This film could have been a short, probably better as a short... But then again, it was director's choice, all to be respected.
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