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A Bag of Marbles (2017)A Bag of Marbles (2017)

A Bag of Marbles (2017)

Children are the heroes of this tender survival memoir

Drama, War

7.4

movie

Canada, Czech Republic

French, German, Russian

Dramatic, Emotional, True-story-based

2017

Christian Duguay

Batyste Fleurial, Bernard Campan, Candide Sanchez

110 min

Synopsis

In occupied France, Maurice and Joseph, two young Jewish brothers left to their own devices demonstrate an incredible amount of cleverness, courage, and ingenuity to escape the enemy invasion and to try to reunite their family once again.

Our Take

7.4
Jenna Gordon

When German forces occupy Paris in 1942, a close-knit Jewish family tearfully sends their two youngest sons, Jo and Maurice, to escape the city on foot, with promises that they will all eventually be reunited in the Free Zone in the South. Told from the perspective of Jo – and based on the 1973 memoir of Joseph Joffo – what follows is a story of adventure, discovery, loss, love and the resilience of family bonds. A tapestry of cherished memories woven together with traumatic ones, the tone shifts again and again as Jo and his brother reach the bright shores of Nice––before they are driven to hiding again. Above all else, this is a story about the power of a family’s love, and of children who rise against the odds by their own courage and tenacity.

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