No Place on Earth (2012)


This past Tuesday was a Jewish Holy Day where we refrain from eating and drinking for 25 hours in order to remind us of the destruction of the Two Holy Temples. In order to try and connect with the somber feeling of this day, every year I try to watch films dealing with another attempt to eradicate my religion; The Holocaust. This year, I watched 4. Here is my first review:


“Gypsum caves don’t occur that often in nature. They’re very rare. And some of the biggest caves in the world happen to be gypsum caves and they’re located in Western Ukraine.” – Chris Nicola

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Aug 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A spelunking enthusiast discovers a cave in the Ukraine with a deep secret that causes him to begin a quest to find the people who survived in the caves for almost two years during World war II.

My Take on it – I came across this film a few weeks ago but chose to wait until now to watch it on this somber day for me.

They do an amazing job telling us a fascinating story about how people can find a way to survive even when faced with such a dire situation where they don’t expect to make it out alive.

I really liked the way that they chose to tell this story because they slowly tell the story of what happened now in conjunction with what happened 75 years ago and slowly allow the two stories to converge.

This allows us to learn so much about both ends of the story and to absorb everything that happened to these people.

They also chose wisely when deciding to use the combination of real interviews with the people involved along with a dramatization of the story.

This  gives us the chance to get an even clearer picture of how the story unfolded along the way and helps us understand it all so much better.

Bottom Line – Such a great film because it tells a fascinating story about how people can find a way to survive even when circumstances seem so dire. The way that this film slowly reveals the stories of the survivors is great because we easily get to learn how everything happened there.  The use of interviews with the real people along with a dramatization of the events being told works extremely well in giving us a clear picture of everything that happened. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Won best documentary at the Hamptons International Film Festival. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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