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Divided We Fall Review


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Just when you think you've seen all the World War II films you can handle, one comes along that leaves you in awe. Perhaps because Divided We Fall focuses on common citizens in an occupied Czechoslovakia instead of shouting about how Jews died (and I grew up Jewish, so this is not anti-Semitism talking), it stands out as a poignant, compelling story.

Josef and Marie Cizek (Boleslav Polivka and Anna Siskova) are an average married couple. Over the past few years (judiciously covered during the opening credits) they have watched the rights of their neighbors and work peers slowly taken away as Nazi rule increases. The son of a co-worker, David Wiener (Csongor Kassai), miraculously escaped the work camps of Poland and the reclusive Josef is disgusted enough with societal conditions that he takes the young man in.

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"Divided We Fall" is another entry in that tricky emerging genre of self-importantly poignant tragicomedies about the Holocaust.

Like Italy's "Life Is Beautiful," Hollywood's "Jakob the Liar" and the French-Romanian "Train of Life," it finds hope and some humor in the shadow of the Nazi jackboot, this time in a small Czech town where middle-aged Josef Cizek and his young wife (Boleslav Polivka and Anna Siskova) have managed to keep the German occupation of their country at arm's length by focusing on trying to have a baby -- without any luck.

It's 1943 and for four years they've watched from behind their curtains as some of their Jewish neighbors fled the town, then later got deported while their homes were ransacked for valuables and turned over to Nazi officials.

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