Official selection of the 2008 Berlin, Locarno and Toronto film festivals.
As the 1987 trial of Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie unfolds on television, Victor Bastien (Hippolyte Girardot) reviews old family documents and finds a distressing “Aryan declaration” authored by his late father, a discovery that throws Victor’s conception of his family’s history into darkness. His mother, Rivka (legendary actress Jeanne Moreau), keeps a stubborn silence about the past, while Tania (Dominique Blanc), his sister, defends their father’s declaration. At the same time, Victor’s wife (Emmanuelle Devos) and children grow concerned about his increasing distraction. Burning with the need to unearth the truth, Victor takes his family to the tiny village where Rivka’s parents were forced to hide during the war. Poignant and ultimately optimistic, ONE DAY YOU’LL UNDERSTAND offers a compelling portrait of a family’s confrontation with the wounds of the past and their hopes for a better future.
Cast & Crew
- Awards & Accolades
- Producers Award Nominee Independent Spirit Awards 2009
Reviews(see the best reviews)
The acting was on top. The flashback segment at the Universe Hotel was awkward. You wonder if the directer was suffering from the same inhibitions as his characters. You have to wonder what it would be like to be watching the film in a French cinemax. The final, Reparations scene was filled with very effective irony. "The bitter end." All in all. I enjoyed the movie very much. Exactly what I'm looking for at Fandor.
A holocaust film that is very moving. About 40 years following the German occupation of France in WWII, a French businessman realizes that his mother had Jewish parents who were seized by the Vichy government and sent to Auschwitz where they perished. Hie mother ws unable to talk to him about this loss, but before her death she tells her 2 grandchildren about her Jewish identity and she tells them to never forget.