La Rafle

 

Film Info

Country France
Language French, German and Yiddish with English subtitles
Year of Release 2012
Running Time 124 minutes

Crew

Director Roselyne Bosch
Producer Alain Goldman
Screenwriter Roselyne Bosch
Director of Photography David Ungaro

Cast

Dr. David Sheinbaum Jean Reno
Annette Monod Mélanie Laurent
Schumel Weismann Gad Elmaleh
Sura Weismann Raphaëlle Agogue
Jo Weismann Hugo Leverdez
Simon Zygler Olivier Cywie
Noe Zygler Mathieu & Romain Di Concetto
Rachel Weismann Rebecca Marder
Dina Traube Anne Brochet
Helene Timonier Isabelle Gelinas
Captain Pierret Thierry Fremont
Concierge "Tati" Catherine Allegret
Bella Zygler Sylvie Testud

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Synopsis

In picturesque Montmarte, three children wearing a yellow star play in the streets, oblivious to the darkness spreading over Nazi-occupied France. Their parents do not seem too concerned either, somehow putting their trust in the Vichy Government. But beyond this view, much is going on. Hitler demands that the French government round up its Jews and put them on trains for the extermination camps in the East. The collaborators start to put the plan into effect and within a short time, 13,000 of Paris’s Jews, among them 4,000 children, will be rounded up and sent on a road with no return. The fateful date: July 16th, 1942, 71 years ago.

With a meticulously constructed script based on extensive research and first-hand accounts, writer/director Rose Bosch brings to the screen one of the most moving dramas of the year. Powered by fluid direction and a string of stars- from Jean Reno (The Da Vinci Code, Leon: The Professional) to Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, The Concert)- La Rafle (The Roundup) became a big box-office hit in France, and its audiences included thousands of young people who came to learn about a dark chapter in their country’s history.

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"La Rafle" (The Roundup) - Now Available on DVD

New York Magazine Critics' Pick!

Menemsha Films is proud to present LA RAFLE, France's acclaimed epic about the true story of the infamous Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup, starring Jean Reno (The Da Vinci Code, The Professional) and the luminous French star Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds, Beginners) in a subtly moving, career-defining performance.  An overwhelming hit with audiences in France, LA RAFLE is now available to own on DVD!

Learn more about LA RAFLE, and watch the film's trailer here.

Commemorate the 71st Anniversary of France's "Rafle du Vel d'Hiv" - July 16th

Menemsha Films is proud to present the film La Rafle (The Roundup) to U.S. audiences. This acclaimed French epic, starring Mélanie Laurent and Jean Reno, depicts the true story of France's infamous Vel d'Hiv roundup, when the Jews of Paris were rounded up by French police and sent on a road with no return.

In the summer of 1942, French police carried out an extensive raid on Jews in greater Paris, resulting in the arrest of more than 13,000 people — including 4,000 children. After spending several miserable days in the Vélodrome d’Hiver stadium at the apex of summer with little food or water, families were deported to internment camps elsewhere in France and then, finally, to Auschwitz. With it’s emotionally astute and sensitive exploration of a long taboo subject in France — Jacques Chirac issued a public apology to the citizens of France only in 1995 — the raid, its political backdrop and the exquisite and poignant beauty of Paris during war time are brought to stirring life in writer-director Rose Bosch’s new French cinema classic.

July 16th, 2013 marks the 71st anniversary of these tragic events. We invite you to learn more about the "rafle du Vel d'Hiv", to remember both the great atrocities and incredible kindness which we are capable of inflicting upon and fostering in one another.

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Holocaust Survivor Speaks at "La Rafle" Screening in South Florida

Rosette Goldstein, a Holocaust survivor who was only 5 years old when French police rounded-up her father and sent him to Buchenwald death camp in 1942, will answer questions posed by audiences on March 15 after the 4:00pm showing of the movie La Rafle (The Roundup) at Movies of Delray in Delray Beach, Florida. In addition, Goldstein will intro the 7:00pm showing at the same venue which is located at 7421 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach (phone: 561-638-0020).

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Reviews

The Jerusalem Post

Featured Blog by Abraham Foxman
National Director, Anti-Defamation League

"La Rafle  arrives at an important moment -- on the 70th anniversary of the raid. As the years distance us farther away from the Nazi horror, and as the number of survivors and witnesses dwindles, we are faced with the challenge of how to impart the lessons of the Holocaust to new generations. For young people, studying World War II may seem as relevant as studying the Seven Years War.

"La Rafle is a valiant answer to the eroding memory of that time. The round-up -- as experienced by the Jews of France, as seen through the eyes of their innocent children, and as witnessed by a nurse moved by her conscience to help -- is a poignant and bittersweet tribute to the lives lost."

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NPR

"La Rafle is a film about redefining a moment in history that went ignored for decades; it's about the French speaking to themselves about their own story. It's a mainstream, sentimental drama because it needs to be. It announces in a clear voice that this happened."

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The Tanenbaum Center

"A cautionary reminder about the destructive power of religious hate. Like our European counterparts, the U.S. is undergoing a resurgence of religious oppression, and indicators of social hostilities toward religious groups and government restriction on the free practice of religion are both rising. This is alarming. All of our societies, both here and in Europe, need a reminder of just how tragic the results of hate can be, so I highly recommend attending a showing of La Rafle. If you know anyone who needs to be reminded about how religious hate impacts our world, this film is a perfect fit."

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Awards

Audience Award
Shreveport Jewish Film Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Film
Jewish Film Festival of Dallas 2011

Audience Award - Best Film
Jewish Omaha Film Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Narrative Feature
Rochester Jewish Film Festival 2011

Audience Award
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival 2011

Audience Award
Michiana Jewish Film Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Narrative Film
Pittsburgh JFilm Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Narrative Feature
AJC Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Narrative Film
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
Miami Jewish Film Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
Denver Jewish Film Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
Washington Jewish Film Festival 2011

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival 2010

Opening Night Film
Jerusalem Film Festival 2010

Additional info

Key Statistics:
Over 3 Million Cinema Admissions in France

Click above to view photos from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum screening of La Rafle, introduced by Writer/ Director Rose Bosch, Producer Ilan Goldman, and Actress Mélanie Laurent.

Learn more about the Vel d’Hiv Roundup in these articles from around the web:

Los Angeles Times: "French leader apologizes for WWII roundup of Jews" - 7/23/12

JTA: "Survey finds young Frenchman unfamiliar with WWII Jewish roundup" - 7/17/12

France 24: "Police files shed light on wartime Jewish roundup (Video)" - 7/16/12

Jewish Daily Forward: "France Confronts Sins of Past — And Present" (Op-Ed) - 10/6/12

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