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The Photographer of Mauthausen

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Harrowing concentration camp tale lauds bravery and resolve.

Movie NR 2019 110 minutes
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Mar Targarona's suspenseful, unrelentingly graphic depiction of the horrors of absolute evil juxtaposed with hope, purpose, and compassion is both searing and heartening. A Spanish production, shot in Hungary, The Photographer of Mauthausen isn't an original concept -- Holocaust movies have told this kind of story before, and well. But this is a masterful production with a singular identity. The cinematography is exceptional; performances are remarkable. Of particular note are the actual photographs smuggled out of Mauthausen, which are shown at the end of the film. Only then does the audience recognize how many of the scenes Ms. Targarona shot replicate the actual moments. It's very powerful -- as is the impact of the whole movie. When the forces of good triumph even in a small way -- and Boix's success, though significant, cannot begin to compensate for the atrocities in the camp -- audiences feel rewarded for the attention they have paid.

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