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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"Completely engrossing... This is the second film by the writer-director Rose Bosch, and we very soon sense her surety, her confidence in her ingenuity, which gives virtually every shot the feeling that it has been made the best way possible. Every moment is flawless."
Editiorial - A Holocaust film that must be seen
"Outstanding. Mélanie Laurent gives a superlative performance... La Rafle brilliantly captures the horror of it all with enormous sensitivity... which is why La Rafle is such a terribly important film. It not only forces us to confront the demons inherent in the human condition. It keeps open wounds that must never be allowed to fully heal."
"For Rose Bosch... the desire to describe the circumstances as experienced (particularly by children) governed her decision to show not only the world of French Jews before and after the roundups, but also to trace the very systematic way these roundups were organized by officials of the French state in concert with the occupying German forces. The veracity is obvious... Viewers can learn from and take solace in the hopeful vision that (La Rafle) presents."Read more