- Studio: Cinema Guild, The
- Release Date: May 16, 2003
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- Summary: This documentary depicts the stories of a small number of Jewish children who were saved from the Nazis by non-Jews who hid these children in their homes despite great personal danger.
- Director: Aviva Slesin
- Genre(s): Documentary
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90Artfully, even elegantly constructed, Secret Lives skillfully probes issues of conflicting emotions and allegiances in a dark time, yet emerges as a loving affirmation of humanity's remarkable potential for goodness in the face of pervasive evil.
80Slesin's film is a profound meditation on the resilience of children -- their ability to take sustenance from whatever love is available -- and on the persistent presence of the child hidden within each grown-up.
80Serves as a powerful tribute to a group of heroes who gave those they saved something nearly as valuable as life: proof that the best of the human spirit can endure even through the worst of times.
60The lack of a splashy style puts the tales of the rescued and their rescuers properly at the center, but whether viewers connect will depend in part on how saturated they are with Holocaust lore.