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Misha and the Wolves

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Docu about Holocaust survivor's book reveals a secret.

Movie PG-13 2021 90 minutes
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Unlike the dry recitation of facts that characterizes many documentaries, Misha and the Wolves is a lively, surprising film bursting with all the qualities that make great feature films great. All too often the trouble with a movie is that there's no one to root for, but this film offers one sympathetic character after another, and then snatches them away from us in a skillful cinematic magic act. The more information we receive, the more we are asked to alter our notions of who exactly is a hero and who is a villain, leaving us shocked and with a strange empathy for all.

Director Sam Hobkinson begins with a taut and riveting premise and then turns this well-made documentary into a kind of police procedural, with brilliant genealogist detectives combing Europe to find the truth, if a truth can be found. The movie is filled with unexpected twists that twist in on themselves. This is in many ways a tragic story of loss and an odd story of publicity-seeking as self-administered medicine for a broken spirit. Not to in any way make light of the experiences of survivors of any war, it's reasonable to suggest that alongside this film's central tragedy runs a uniquely near-comic narrative of titanic gall and almost criminal audacity wrapped around greed and exploitation. Hats off to director-writer Hobkinson for taking exactly the right tone throughout.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: August 11, 2021
  • Director: Sam Hobkinson
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some thematic elements and unsettling images
  • Last updated: February 17, 2023

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