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By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Earnest WWII tale of Jewish child separated from parents.

Movie NR 2014 80 minutes
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Well-intentioned and heartfelt, this attempt to capture the overwhelming disruption of young Jewish lives during World War II falls short as cinematic art. Even a seasoned filmmaker would find it difficult to keep an audience engaged as one young character holds center frame for a great portion of the story. Given a very low budget, an inexperienced (but game) actress, as well as the challenge of sustaining "years" in an isolated woods and keeping it interesting, this movie's two novice directors too often call upon conventional situations and obvious emotions. Furthermore, some of the story elements simply don't feel plausible (for example, two Nazis are seen patrolling a large expanse of forest for what they say has been three weeks, during which "we've only killed two Jews"). Still, kudos to the filmmakers for attempting to shine a light on tragic events that shouldn't be forgotten. For mature teens only.

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