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Toyland2007

  • 4.5
Germany, 1942. In order to protect her son, Marianne Meibner tries to make him believe that the Jewish neighbors are going on a journey to TOYLAND. One morning, her son has disappeared. The Jewish neighbors, too. TOYLAND is a film about guilt, responsibility, small and big lies. Won Best Short Film at the 2009 Academy Awards®.

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All the drama and perfection of a full movie, somehow thrust into 14 perfect minutes. THIS is how to tell a story. Powerful and extremely moving! This will touch your heart......

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All the drama and perfection of a full movie, somehow thrust into 14 perfect minutes. THIS is how to tell a story. Powerful and extremely moving! This will touch your heart......

5 members like this review
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This narrative short film packs in as much story line, character development and power as many 2 hour films. Very moving. The kind of film that haunts one.

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Amazing character development in a very short film. The enchanting and magical world of childhood is juxtaposed with the horrors and cruelty of the holocaust.

The generosity of one woman opposite the cold hearted Nazis.

My only complaint is that the movie did not explain the danger this heroic woman was putting herself in by defying the Nazis.

Reminiscent of Life is Beautiful.

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Brilliant short film! I would recommend to anyone to watch more than once.

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I thought Toyland is an amazingly efficient film, effectively cramming all of the necessary information for the narrative of the story into a very short film. Highly enjoyable to watch. Sad as Hell.

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A film that supposedly shows us a slice of life, is successful when you, the viewer, feel privileged to be an intimate part of the scene, fully experiencing that life, intimately involved. Toyland is a beautiful and successful film about a horrible slice of life. Words were not very necessary, expressions and body language told the story. Heinrich was THERE. He took us with him. A very good actor, unlike some of the cute stuff promoted in USA films and their superficial crowd-pleasing expressions. I hope that the emotional scar left in my heart by "Toyland" never fully fades away.

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All fourteen minutes remain in my head, as they should.

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A lot of great themes in just a few minutes. Excellent!

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In fourteen minutes this film manages to break your heart. It tells of the horrible defilement of childhood perpetrated by the National Socialists. The pure love and innocence of childhood brutally destroyed by a subjective view of good and bad people. It is not unlike the Boy With Striped Pajamas, showing how children display a loyalty lost in the adults. painfully well done

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Beautiful short that would have made a great full length movie.

Any holocaust film is heart wrenching and this one is no different. There is so much packed into such a short amount of time, and it is right to the point. Outstanding film making.

Such a sad story. Well told.

An exquisite short film that demonstrates how much compelling emotional power in cinematic storytelling can be created within a very short space of time. Well deserving of an Oscar for Best Live Action Film.

I can't think of anything to add to TNR1's review. The film did indeed touch my heart.

Echt!

Too short. No real story flow.

powerful 14 minutes

was a very good short film but to picture was a little to dark. had a god story line but having trouble movie kept shutting off hope to get this fixed soon.

Es war sehr gut. It was very good.

It was very sad.

Moving short film

I thought it was very powerful.

es gefallt mir. Ich habe alles verstehen deshalb kein Deutsch in viele Jahre gesprochen.

I througly enjoyed this short. I highly recommend adding it to your queue.