À la vie

2014 [FRENCH]

Action / Drama

IMDb Rating 6.3 10 193


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Reviewed by danahall 10 / 10

Beautiful film

I saw this film as a part of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival put on by the Jewish Film Institute. I'd never before seen a film that takes place so soon after the liberation of Auschwitz. It's interesting to grapple with the almost shock and disgust of how quickly life is expected to move on for the survivors after such an atrocity. The film did a wonderful job showing how one particular group of women tried to move on and build lives in the 15 or so years after the war. I thought that the depiction of female friendships was done in a powerful and real way. I just don't understand why this film doesn't have a higher rating.

Reviewed by Red-125 10 / 10

You are never fully liberated from Auschwitz

The French movie "À la vie" was shown in the U.S. with the translated title "To Life (2014)." It was written and directed by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann. The film is a Post-Holocaust saga, although it opens with scenes in Auschwitz that are truly horrific.

Hélène (Julie Depardieu) and Lily (Johanna ter Steege) were friends in Auschwitz, and they managed to survive the death march from Auschwitz to Louslau together. A third friend, Rose (Suzanne Clément) was unable to walk, so they were forced to leave her behind. As it turned out, Rose survived until the liberation of Auschwitz. The three did not see each other again until 1962, when they come together for a reunion at a beachside resort in Northern France.

We learn early in the movie that Lily divorced her husband after the war, and is living as a "free soul," with no permanent partner. Hélène and Rose both married concentration camp survivors.

The plot of the film--based on the lives of three actual friends--revolves around their interactions during the reunion. No matter how much ice cream they eat, and how they display their new bathing suits, thoughts keep circling back to Auschwitz.

They quarrel about tiny details which they remember differently. They revive horrible memories. It's clear that the reunion will change their lives, but whether the change will be for the better or for the worse is an open question.

For reasons I don't understand, "To Life" caries a terrible IMDb rating of 6.1. Fortunately, we saw it as part of the excellent Rochester Jewish Film Festival. If we hadn't had "All-Event" tickets, we probably would have stayed home. This is a movie to be seen, not missed. Ignore the rating and seek it out. It's available on DVD, and it will work well on the small screen. See it!

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