This is a true story about forty Jewish children on their way to Palestine, who were blocked by the German and Italian occupation of Yugoslavia in 1941. Before finding a haven at Villa Emma in Nonantola in northern Italy, where they arrived on June 17, 1942, the children spent several adventurous months in Slovenia, caught up in the ongoing fight between the partisans and the Italian army. In April 1943, another 33 children, some from the Balkans, others from France, joined the original group. All were orphans who had lost their parents in concentration camps and had subsequently been smuggled out of Germany by Recha Freier, a well-known Zionist. The group ranged in age from six to twenty one and settled in at Villa Emma with their chaperones and teachers, Josef Indig, Marco Schoky and the pianist Boris Jochverdson.
Writer:Nicola Caracciolo (idea), Angelo Pasquini, Alessandro Sermoneta, Marco Turco
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David N (gb) wrote: C'est con mais c'est russi ^^ a voir pour les fan de Metal (pas prendre ce film au srieux)
Twins S (fr) wrote: "The Swimmer" is a movie we have never heard of, only luckily recommended by a good friend. Watched it without knowing anything we found ourselves immersing minute by minute into this original story, (swimming home going through neighbours' pools) of this complex character.. Ned Merrill (played fantastically by Burt Lancaster).The movie strikingly looks dated, (the music with that swell talk all around..you know..) but the topic is ever fresh. The tracing of one's memories, psyche and identity through confrontation with people, nature and ultimately oneself in the movie triggered by an odd urge to swim "home". Wonderful acted by at that time 52 years old Lancaster, who really shapes a complex character which in the surface is loveable and easygoing but also unintentionally arrogant, deluded and at times pathetic.A memorable film told with an exceptional storytelling and some technically demanding beautiful shots.An allegory for the good or bad American Dream where the friendly social human relations can turn suddenly bad leaving you a wondrous loner if you do not comply into the so coded high class society. A personal note:Even if more than 30 years old...Some of the dialogues are very present-day, like when in a quite interesting scene the thematic of computer match dating is raised...we are talking about a movie shot in 66 that exhibits a conscious mind ahead of its time and more even impressively up to ours.Overall you will enjoy this film..no doubts it is very unique. The plot presets many pieces of a huge puzzle that will be revealed to the attentive audience only at the end."The swimmer" A journey of a man, who has never opened his mind to the reality around him and lived through his own perception of reality ending into a neurological nightmare.When you talk about "The Swimmer" will you talk about yourself?a masterpiece
matheus c (fr) wrote: It's different from the other documentary movies regarding favelas. It has a good story, but I don't know, I have the feeling something was missing. They've made the cake and forgot to put the cherry on the top.
Mark N (gb) wrote: Mirren is definitely is head and shoulders above a movie this simple; playing a remorseless assassin (something she did in the infinitely better R.E.D.). It's that simplicity that is it's undoing. The movie has 1 thread, based on redemption, that is dragged out to movie length without exploring what could have been a tense and dynamic story. The side characters don't really seem to do anything and have scenes that lead nowhere and are seemingly there to fill time. Unremarkable in every respect.
Dementia B (ag) wrote: Very interesting and cool graphics.
Tomek S (gb) wrote: growing up and searching for oneself by Bertolucci. starts too slowly, yet, the farther it goes, the more its pieces start to fit each other. certainly, for at least a few watches
Auttie R (mx) wrote: An excellent t.v. "treatment" of a great Danielle Steele novel!
Kinohi N (jp) wrote: What a wonderful find. The best scenes are with the kid versions of the protagonist and his love interest. The ending is something of a left-field choice, but I understand why the director went in that direction. Overall, a really satisfying and unconventional romantic drama.
Jess H (es) wrote: Though not critically as good as the other eighties teen angst-fests, I love this movie because of the great characters.
Al M (de) wrote: With a screenplay co-written by John Carpenter and direction by Irvin Kershner (The Empire Strikes Back), Eyes of Laura Mars is a stylish late-70s thriller that examines our cultural fascination with sex and violence and the link between the two. Undoubtedly influenced by the Italian giallos, Eyes of Laura Mars features an amazing cast: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Douriff, Raul Julia, and others. Unfortunately, style somewhat outweighs substance, and the film lacks the tension or brutality that drove the giallos along amongst their aesthetic excesses. Eyes of Laura Mars doesn't quite reach the heights to which it aspires, but it it remains a minor classic of 70s thriller cinema.
David L (jp) wrote: Bullet is one of those underrated films in my eyes. While it isn't perfect it has alot going for it. It realistically throws down on the mean streets of Brooklyn with ugly street gang violence and yet offers a sensitive portrait of a dysfunctional middle-class Jewish family. The vivid character study is built around an urban crime drama that pits Jews against blacks over drug turf. It's based on writer Bruce Rubenstein's own street experiences and he cowrites it with Mickey Rourke. Former music video director Julien Temple ("Earth Girls Are Easy"/"The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle"/"Mick Jagger: Running Out of Luck") at times loses his focus on what it's about but he helms it with surprising sensitivity (especially the family scenes between the disappointed hardworking successful dad and the loving homebody mother) and keeps the narrative down a dark path that gives it a ferocity that most Hollywood punk gangster films wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. It was released as a direct-to-video because it fails the litmus test for both arthouse and mainstream theater released films, as in all probability the studio didn't know how to market such a graphically violent film even though one of its stars, the late rapper Tupac Shakur, had a wide audience among certain youths. One of the film's biggest problems is a miscast Tupac a great actor and rapper who is still missed today plays the most undeveloped character in the film. His character never gets past the cartoonish stereotyped stage, as we never understand what he's all about under all the bling, macho bluster and antsy homeboy posturing. After spending eight years in jail for a crime he didn't commit, the hardened "Bullet" Stein (Mickey Rourke) is released from prison on parole. He's picked up outside the prison by his vain womanizing best friend, the Jewish gangster Lester (John Enos III) and his aspiring artist brother Ruby (Adrien Brody). The boys get high on heroin while driving into the city and stop off at a project, where Bullet robs two square white boys looking to cop drugs and throws their clothes off the roof and when leaving the projects puts a knife into an Hispanic drug dealer's eye (Manny Perez) who called the Jewish gangster out for scaring away his customers and lunged at him with a knife. The thirty-five-year-old self-destructive Bullet is a house burglar (willing to rob neighbors) and a depressed junkie with Star of David tattoos over his body and lives in his parents' (Suzanne Shepherd & Jerry Grayson) comfortable private house in Brooklyn with his loony brother Louis (Ted Levine), an ex-marine who served in Vietnam and came home with severe psychological problems that can't be treated, and also lives with his more vulnerable fun loving graffiti mural wall painting younger brother Ruby (Adian Brody), whom Bullet is very protective of and tries to reason with him to make something of his talent in art rather than selling it cheaply to make signs for an outfit that runs Playland at Coney Island. Bullet, the Irish thug Paddy (Matthew Powers) and the black drug dealer Tank (Tupac Shakur) grew up together as friends but now Tank and Bullet are bitter rivals, with Paddy caught in the middle but owing Bullet big time for taking the prison rap for him as the getaway driver in the robbery that sent him away to do hard time. The main rivals each has a death urge and a hatred blazing inside their system that compels them to go to war with each other (unfortunately we are left guessing why they hate each other, as the story never lucidly tells why). The end result, as expected, is bloody and tragic. The film scores big not only in its gritty street scenes, but at odd moments when the troubled characters take time off their self-absorbed trip to talk to each other. Mama Stein tries her best to deal with an unhinged Louis who childishly demands she buy him an expensive stun gun, Papa Stein tells his wife in anguish that he can't understand why all three of his sons are misfits even though he was always a good provider and tried to be a good father, and there's the troubling conversation at the batting cage in Coney Island between an unaware Lester and a too aware Bullet who realizes after his failure to perform sexually with a hot Spanish chick that it's all over for him (he's dead inside) and that he would rather die than go on living as a loser. To sum up here this is a flawed but good gangster film with what I feel is a very poignant conclusion.
Daniel D (jp) wrote: My final David Lean, Noel Coward adaption I viewed was Blithe Spirit. I fell in love with this movie. There's no paranormal movie quiet like this. It's elegant in humor and moves quickly. There are no scares, it's more in depth on the idea of the other world, and a humorous view of how life is after you die. David Lean morphed the dead with the living, when an estranged wife comes to "visit" her husband and his second wife. She terrorizes the family through this, and a quote brought up early in this movie really summarizes it well. " It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit". Not only is it a great line but it is perfect in the film. Harrison, Cummings, and Hamond have great on screen chemistry, making this an amazing feel good comedy.
Luke P (de) wrote: With an excellent cast that all deliver strong performances and Antoine Fuqua smart direction. Brooklyn's Finest is an interesting and tension filled drama
Brian B (fr) wrote: "Saving Private Ryan" is the best WW2 film out there. It starts off with a memorable 25 minute opening sequence which is arguably the best scene in a Spielberg movie. It is highly realistic for its time and it's tense from beginning to end. At the end of the sequence, it shows you a dead soldier from the "Ryan" family. Later we find out that 3 of the 4 members of his family died and Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and a group of 7 soldiers are sent to bring the remaining brother back to his family before he dies as well. With an unforgettable story, the plot is quite moving even just thinking about it. The movie was also expertly shot and acted. Every action scene is realistic as it is bloody. After soldiers are killed off, it makes the soldiers question if the mission is worth it and it often creates conflict with them. The final battle has a big buildup and carries on for just the right length.The ending is tragic and it gets me every time but its emotional resonance sticks with the viewer after watching it. This is one of the best films of the 90's due to its impact on the viewer.
Carlos I (br) wrote: Decent. It tries to be a lot more epic and sweeping than it is, not that Nolte doesn't give it his all...
Carolyn M (kr) wrote: love this movie in fact I love all the movies that have happy ending