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  • Summary: Based on the international best-selling novel by Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces is a poetic and emotionally charged film about love, loss, and redemption. The film tells the story of Jakob Beer, a man whose life is haunted by his childhood experiences during World War II. As a child in Poland, Jakob is orphaned during wartime, only to be saved by a compassionate Greek archeologist. Over the course of his life, he attempts to deal with the losses he has endured. Through his writing and his discovery of true love, Jakob is ultimately freed from the legacy of his past. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
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  1. 88
    If Fugitive Pieces has a message, it is that life can heal us, if we allow it.
  2. Fugitive Pieces has a sharp, devastating story to tell.
  3. 75
    Made with an unerring visual dazzle -- its dark corners are shadowy, deep and melancholy, its brilliant seascapes the sparkling embodiment of why we must all find a reason to carry on.
  4. 67
    In many ways, Fugitive Pieces is a beautiful film. But it's a bit TOO beautiful.
  5. 63
    The movie does offer intriguing, perceptive glimpses of the everyday difficulties of being both a survivor and the child of a survivor.
  6. 50
    The film has lofty goals, but comes across as leaden and pretentious. It's a character study in which the lead participant is the least interesting person in the movie.
  7. Though much of the film's power is tamped down by the passive storytelling style, Dillane's performance as the adult Jakob is compelling, and Ayelet Zurer is beguiling as Jakob's late-in-life soul mate.

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  1. DaveM
    May 7, 2008
    Heavy movie to watch, but even the small characters were perfect. A must see.
  2. SheilaM
    May 10, 2008
    A poignant, compelling, hopeful film about a dark subject, The writer has done a fine job with a difficult toadapt book. I found the film beautifullly written, filmeMd and acted. Expand