A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The willingness of some to harbor Jews at the risk of their own lives is shown, as well as the ingenious measures some took in pre-planning for their own survival.
Violence & Scariness
Some brutal and heartrending descriptions of violence. The subject matter makes for an intensely emotional viewing experience. Briefly, grainy footage shows victims' starved and naked bodies, stacked and awaiting disposal.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this program provides an emotional and educational experience that parents and their older children can share, but families may want to discuss beforehand what they know of the Holocaust, and the types of images the video is likely to show. Young viewers may be frightened by the chilling descriptions of the Holocaust. Although intensely emotional, the stories of survival under the most abominable of conditions are well worth hearing for those with a budding interest in the subject. Highly encouraged for anyone who's read -- or is interested in reading -- Anne Frank's famous diary, this documentary gives a human face to one of the greatest atrocities of our time. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Jon Blair (returning to familiar territory following 1982's Schindler) exercises integrity and restraint in the making of this difficult picture, a Best Documentary Feature Oscar winner. Kenneth Branagh's narration is straightforward, as are Glenn Close's off-camera readings from the now-famous diaries. Neither actors "perform" here; they're doing a job, and they do it with simple dignity.
No attempt is made to sensationalize the accounts of those whose lives touched Anne Frank's. The stories spoken by survivors and relatives (among them Anne's beloved father Otto, from an earlier interview) generate enough pain and drama for several movies. The video provides an emotional and educational experience that parents and their older children can share, but families may want to discuss beforehand what they know of the Holocaust, and the types of images the video is likely to show.
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