“I am not ready yet. I want to stay here. I want to live. ” – Cioma Schönhaus
Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – The true story of four Jews in Berlin during World War II who chose to hide in plain sight by keeping low profiles.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing the trailer for and being fascinating by the premise nearly 3 years ago yet could never recall the name of the film in order to track it down.
I finally found a clue and was so excited to finally see if my gut feeling about things was correct.
It truly was..
This was a spectacular film that was quite emotional and fascinating to watch as things move along.
Parts of this story would be so hard to believe if it were not for the fact that this is based on the true stories of the people who this happened to 75+ years ago.
Love the idea to intersperse the story with the real life interviews with the people who these characters are based on and it adds a whole other level to the story because we can see their emotions during their narration of their own life stories as to how they were able to survive the war in plain sight.
The choice to based this film on the interviews with these Holocaust survivors that were conducted nearly a decade ago was a wise one since not all of them managed to survive to see their life stories premier on screen.
This is a film with a story unlike many of the other Holocaust survivor stories because they are able to show that despite their fears, these people chose to hide from their enemies in plain sight with the hope that they would not be noticed that way.
This is an extremely powerful film that resonates long after the credits begin to roll.
Bottom Line – Amazing story that would be harder to believe if we didn’t know that it was based on truth. The added bonus of getting mid-story analysis and narration from the real people who’s stories are being told adds so much more to the powerful feelings that this film gives off. The choice to base this film on interviews conducted almost a decade earlier proved worthwhile since some of the interviewees didn’t live long enough to see the film released. The story is unlike any other kind of story about Holocaust survivors since it shows that despite their fears, these people chose to hide in plain site with the hope that they will not be noticed. Extremely powerful story that resonates so well throughout. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The interviews with the survivors were conducted in 2009. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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