A Bag of Marbles

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  113 min.
Release Date: June 16, 2017 (limited)
DVD: October 24, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 4.25
based on 10 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Dorian Le Clech, Batyste Fleurial Palmieri, Patrick Bruel, Elsa Zylberstein, Bernard Campan

Synopsis

Paris, 1942. The Germans have occupied the city and are forcing Jews to wear a yellow star. Realizing things are only going to get worse, Jewish barber Roman Joffo prepares to escape with his family to Nice, in the free zone. In order to maximize the plan’s success, he and his wife Anna will travel alone, while his 10-year-old son Joseph will cross the country with his brother Maurice, 12.

Thanks to help from a smuggler, the two boys make it past the border guards and find themselves in the free zone. Traveling on foot, they finally arrive in Nice, where as planned, they’re reunited with their parents. On the Côte d'Azur, they enjoy a peaceful summer until the Germans invade in September 1943. Roman sends Joseph and Maurice to a Catholic youth camp, where they’ll be able to hide.

Director: Christian Duguay
Studio: Les Films Séville
Producer(s): Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun
Screenplay: Benoît Guichard, Christian Duguay, Laurent Zeitoun

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  • 5 stars "This movie should be translated or subtitled and shown in schools all across Europe, and other areas as well. Fantastic performance by all of the actors. and the directing is superb. If you look on YouTube you will see interviews of Patrick Bruel and Joseph Joffo."
  • 5 stars "Wonderful acting. So sad. Had to control tears."
  • 2 stars "beautiful but predictable"