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, 70 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.
We invite you to read this enlightening feature on La Rafle (The Roundup) from today's South Florida Sun-Sentinel, featuring interviews with French Holocaust survivors living in South Florida.
Read the complete article at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
La Rafle is now playing on five screens in South Florida!
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"There is a deep and subtle power to the film... Each scene is striking; no moment seems superfluous, none inauthentic. Roselyne Bosch has done her job. It is a film not to be missed."Read more
A harrowing historical drama that tackles the infamous events of July 1942, when thousands of French Jews were crammed into a stadium before being herded off to camps. A diffuse approach tells the story through a variety of threads (including Laurent as a kind nurse who’s thrust into the middle of it all), which avoids easy narrative resolutions and arcs. But this is undeniably powerful stuff.
"Not only is La Rafle one of the best pictures of the year, it is one of the most important. And not just for the present, but for all time. Brilliantly written and directed by Rose Bosch... I have been deeply moved by this extraordinary film."Read more