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also known as Pour une femme

For a Woman2013

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Anne has a very active imagination, only natural for a writer. But in her mid-thirties, she still knows practically nothing of her own family's past. After her mother's death, Anne discovers old photos and letters that convince her to take a closer look at the life of her parents, Michael and Lena. The young couple met in the concentration camps during World War II, later moving to France to start their new life together. Soon, Anne's research into their Jewish history and their ties to Lyon's communist party reveals the existence of a mysterious uncle, Jean, whom everyone seems intent on forgetting entirely. As she gradually closes in on the discovery she didn't know she was looking for, her father grows ever more ill, and may take the secret that kept them apart for so long to his grave. In a journey that stretches from post-war France to the 1980s, Anne's destiny intertwines with her father's past until they form a single, unforgettable story.

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This is actually a thriller disguised as a romantic drama, or maybe it is a romantic drama masquerading as a thriller. I love both genres, so I was doubly delighted. The acting was excellent, the costumes were quite authentic, and the story-line.......unfortunately all too realistic. Given my love of movies revolving around WWII, I was even more compelled by this story. It follows a real sequence of events, and certainly had me thinking what it must have been like for families divided in the early part of the Nazi era, that were pieced back together after the war. In this case two brothers aren't even sure if they are truly brothers and have a mistrust for each other. Each wondering what horrible things the other did to escape death. I think that war provides the penultimate background for human dramas, and this score is very well executed. Perhaps the mechanism for telling the story is a bit hackneyed, but it still works. Very highly recommended, but do be patient at the beginning--it takes a while to intoxicate.

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This is actually a thriller disguised as a romantic drama, or maybe it is a romantic drama masquerading as a thriller. I love both genres, so I was doubly delighted. The acting was excellent, the costumes were quite authentic, and the story-line.......unfortunately all too realistic. Given my love of movies revolving around WWII, I was even more compelled by this story. It follows a real sequence of events, and certainly had me thinking what it must have been like for families divided in the early part of the Nazi era, that were pieced back together after the war. In this case two brothers aren't even sure if they are truly brothers and have a mistrust for each other. Each wondering what horrible things the other did to escape death. I think that war provides the penultimate background for human dramas, and this score is very well executed. Perhaps the mechanism for telling the story is a bit hackneyed, but it still works. Very highly recommended, but do be patient at the beginning--it takes a while to intoxicate.

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Absolutely magnificent film.

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I loved this film. It illustrated the complexities of war and the lives of people who are ensnared in wars and ideologies.

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great

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A story line picked from the rubble of war,examined,then placed into only memory. How many countless untold stories have faded in mystery like clouds and vanished in the aftermath? This is one such story told with artistic integrity, fine acting and an emotionally satisfying vision unfolding over the years.

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Touching and memorable; really captures the complexities of post war years

The transitions between the '40s and '80s (and 90s) is seamless and weaves the story of love, betrayal, and the survival of a family in a way few movies are capable of doing. The first 5 minutes of the film are worth re-watching after the movie is over.