Divided We Fall (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

Original title:  Musime Pi Pomahat

Czech Republic, 2000.  Ceská Televize, Total HelpArt T.H.A..  Story by , Screenplay by Petr Jarchovsky, Jan Hrebejk.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

This marvelous Czech film centres around a childless couple living in a Nazi-occupied village in the 1940s. Years after all the Jewish families in the village have been evacuated by their oppressors, the couple is surprised to discover that one man, their former employer’s son, has managed to escape and survive long enough to return home. They hide him in their house, thinking it an easy task so long as he stays quiet and out of sight, but when their Nazi-sympathizing friend starts coming over for more and more frequent visits the trouble begins.  The things that they must do to keep their secret and not get their friend or themselves killed range from the terrifying to the hilariously absurd. This masterpiece features a beautiful sense of humanity and humour in the face of great evil, something achieved in Life Is Beautiful but perfected here.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

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