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Character: Alex
Directed by: Jeremy Podeswa
Written by: Anne Michaels (novel), Jeremy Podeswa
Produced by: Jeffrey Berman, Sandra Cunningham, Christina Ford, Andras Hamori, Robert Lantos, Mark Musselman, Julia Rosenberg, Dionyssis Samiotis, Panayotis Veremis
Other cast: Stephen Dillane, Nina Dobrev, Robbie Kay, Rachelle Lefevre, Ed Stoppard, Ayelet Zurer
Release date: May 2, 2008 (U.S.) | May 29, 2008 (U.K.)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Running time: 104 min

Middle aged Jakob Beer reflects on his life, this reflection which is all consuming. He is a Polish born and raised Jew. When he was an adolescent, his parents were shot dead and his sister Bella hauled away by the Nazis during World War II. Jakob witnessed these events from a hideout in their home. Running away, Jakob was found by Athos Roussos, a Greek national working on an archaeological project in Poland. Athos managed to smuggle Jakob out of Poland back to his native Greece. A few years later, Athos and Jakob moved to Canada where Athos began work as a teacher. Jakob has continual dreams about Bella, especially her piano playing but never knew Bella’s ultimate fate. Jakob’s reflections, especially the emotions stemming from his thoughts, lead to him becoming a writer of a successful book. His marriage to his first wife Alex, an outgoing and upbeat woman, fails because he can’t get out of the somberness connected to his past at this time of his life. It isn’t until he comes to …

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Reviews

“The resonant film that results is not without its flaws, but it’s ultimately quite absorbing.”
Sarah Cardace , New York Magazine/Vulture

“This lyrical drama about memory and survivor’s guilt taps a deep reservoir of emotions.”
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

Awards & Nominations

Won Genie Awards 2009 – Best Achievement in Cinematography
Won Newport Beach Film Festival 2008 Awards – Best Film
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