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  • Summary: The delivery of a battered suitcase to Furniko Ishioka at the Tokyo Holocaust Museum begins the true-life mystery that became the subject of Karen Levine's best-selling book Hana's Suitcase. The suitcase came from the Auschwitz Museum and had Hanna Brady's name painted on it. Larry Weinstein's masterful film follows Furniko's search to discover the details of Hana's life, which leads to the discover of her brother George in Toronto. As small children they had been sent to Thereisenstadt for being Jewish after the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia in 1939. (Menemsha Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 17, 2012
    Although their responses too often seem rehearsed, their innocence is touching and redemptive.
  2. 75
    What always feels genuine, movingly so, are the faces of the school children caught up in their account of the unforgotten past.
  3. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Apr 17, 2012
    In the end, what makes Inside Hana's Suitcase so powerful is the most traditional technique of all: authentic and eloquent storytelling by memorable characters.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 17, 2012
    A documentary saga of heartbreaking concentration-camp horrors, Inside Hana's Suitcase attempts to preserve Holocaust memories through frustratingly fractured means.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Apr 18, 2012
    Subject matter this powerfully charged shouldn't feel like a study aid.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Apr 17, 2012
    It would be odd not to feel something about Hana and the Brady family, but Inside Hana's Suitcase feels more like a historical teaching aid than like a great movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Apr 17, 2012
    A film relating a story of the Holocaust is destined to provoke a number of adjectives, but "cloying" shouldn't be one of them.