I'll Find You
Star-crossed lovers in war-torn Poland; sex, violence, hope.
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I'll Find You
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I'll Find You is a romantic drama about two musicians -- a Catholic opera singer (Leo Suter) and a Jewish violinist (Adelaide Clemens) -- living in Poland during World War II. The story explores little-portrayed aspects of the Holocaust -- specifically, the stories of those who survived by playing in the concentration camp orchestras. Little is shown of life inside the camp; rather, the focus is on people who were part of the Resistance, putting themselves at risk by hiding Jewish friends, sabotaging Nazi efforts, and trying to rescue loved ones. Mature content -- including violence, language (largely hate speech), and a couple of images of Nazis smoking -- helps tell the movie's tale with historical accuracy, but much of it is softened enough to be appropriate for younger teens. For instance, there are a couple of fatal shootings that are shocking and have a bit of blood, but they're not graphic. There are also brief images of bodies lying in the street or stacked at concentration camps, and a sex scene is depicted through gentle, loving kisses in bed, with sheets covering sensitive body parts.
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What's the Story?
I'LL FIND YOU follows gifted musicians Robert Pulaski (Leo Suter) and Rachel Rubin (Adelaide Clemens), whose childhood friendship blossoms into a romance in 1940s Poland. While they grapple with the unlikelihood that they can overcome their religious differences and be together, Nazis invade and occupy Poland. When Rachel is taken to Auschwitz, Robert works with dogged persistence to rescue her.
Is It Any Good?
This period romance will make viewers' hearts swell with wistful hope for finding a similar love. While it seems like I'll Find You may have been created as a take on Romeo and Juliet, the closest comparison to this drama is actually romance classic Somewhere in Time -- which means director Martha Coolidge is doing something right. The odds are against opera singer Robert and violin virtuoso Rachel because of their different faiths. And their situation seems truly insurmountable after Nazis occupy Poland and send Rachel and her family to Auschwitz. Robert embarks on a mission to save her, while she tries to save herself and her family by performing for her captors. It's a cinematic love story, and a fine way to introduce teens to difficult subject matter that they might shy away from. Coolidge weaves archival footage into the film to drive home that this is real, it happened, and we should never forget it. Robert and Rachel's fictional but moving love story can only help drive that reminder home.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how I'll Find You borrows from Romeo and Juliet. Why do you think star-crossed lovers are such a popular plot device?
Had you heard of the Auschwitz Women's Orchestra? Did you know that playing an instrument was a method of survival for some Jews forced into concentration camps? How could you find out more about this part of history?
How does the film demonstrate the risks of opposing the Nazi regime? How does the film demonstrate the necessity of courage, teamwork, integrity, and perseverance as life skills?
- In theaters: February 25, 2022
- On DVD or streaming: February 25, 2022
- Cast: Adelaide Clemens, Leo Suter, Stellan Skarsgard
- Director: Martha Coolidge
- Studio: Gravitas Ventures
- Genre: Romance
- Topics: Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, History
- Run time: 116 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 10, 2023
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