La Rafle - The Round Up dvd

Follow the real destinies of the victims and the executioners.

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La Rafle - The Round Up dvd - 2010 French film directed by Rose Bosch.  The film opens with a written statement claiming that every event occurring in the film, no matter how extreme, actually happened.   It takes place during the summer of 1942. Joseph is eleven and he must go to school with a yellow star sewn on his chest. He receives the support of a goods dealer and the mockery of a baker. Between kindness and contempt, Jo, his Jewish friends, their families, learn of life in an occupied Paris, on the Butte Montmartre, where they've taken shelter. At least that's what they think, until that morning on July 16th 1942, when their fragile happiness is toppled over. From the Vélodrome D'Hiver, where 13,000 Jews are crammed, to the camp of Beaune-La-Rolande, from Vichy to the terrace of the Berghof, La Rafle follows the real destinies of the victims and the executioners. Of those who orchestrated it all. Of those who trusted them. Of those who fled. Of those who opposed them. Every character in this film has existed. Stars Jean Reno, Melanie Laurent, Gad Elmaleh and Raphaelle Agogué.  Rated PG-14 in Canada for violence and mature themes. 125 minutes - in French with English or French subtitles.

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