Ashes in the Snow

Movie review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

True-to-book WWII adaptation is violent, sad, emotional.

NR 2019 98 minutes

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age 16+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 16+

Haunting movie about hidden history

I have seen this movie twice. The second time I took my 16-year-old to see it. Like the book, the film is incredibly moving, but it is extremely difficult to watch at points. The acting is superb. The overall look of the film is like that of a Rembrandt painting. If you want your children to know about what happened to many of the people in the Baltic region during World War II and the following years, the film would be extremely valuable. I would suggest reading the book first. Also, keep in mind that there is violence, as well as foul language and some sexual content, but it is appropriate to the story. I wouldn’t take a younger child. High school age and above. All of it was shot in Lithuania, and many survivors of the deportation and their descendants appeared as extras in the film. (Many of them sing the national anthem in the train car. ) Read about what happened during Stalin’s reign, that we might not forget.

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