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  • Summary: Set during the largely unexplored period immediately after WWII, the film follows a group of mostly Jewish Parisians who attempt to restart their lives and rekindle their capacity for happiness in the shadow of unspeakable horrors. (Empire Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 80
    Modest, wise ensemble piece.
  2. Reviewed by: David Stratton
    80
    A gentle, sad and at times funny film in the best French tradition of high-quality cinema.
  3. Like the work of an expert tailor, it's done with unobtrusive skill, essential warmth and seamless grace.
  4. There's something rather lovely about the mood and intentions of Michel Deville's French movie.
  5. 70
    Deville gently reveals that they're all simultaneously hauntingly fragile and amazingly resilient, their smiles as piercing as any resigned gaze.
  6. Succeeds as a delicately moving memory piece about a subject not often put on film: the process of moving on into ordinary life after surviving the Holocaust.
  7. 25
    Presumably, Deville wants to show life returning to normal after WWII, but in the context of this inert movie, "normal" equals "tedious."

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