Fugitive Pieces

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Released 2007

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Fugitive Pieces

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Director:
Jeremy Podeswa
Released:
2007
Rating:
R

Fugitive Pieces, based on a critically-acclaimed novel of the same name, tells the story of a Holocaust survivor haunted by the family he lost. We first see Jakob Beer (Robbie Kay) as a seven-year-old boy in Poland who has witnessed the Nazis murder his family. Archaeologist Athos (Rade Sherbedgia) finds Jakob taking refuge near a dig site and secretly transports the boy to Greece, where Athos raises him. After the war ends, the two start a new life in Toronto. However, Jakob can't stop wondering about his sister Bella (Nina Dobrev), who escaped the massacre but disappeared. Although Jakob seems to move forward -- he gets married and publishes a well-regarded book -- frequent dreams of his vanished sister Bella trouble him. When he finds that his inability to cope with his childhood trauma is threatening his marriage, Jakob must find a way to make peace with the past without forgetting his family and identity.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    For a tale spiked with so much torment, Fugitive Pieces feels remarkably soothing.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times

    Hopscotching time on film is never easy, but Canadian writer-director Jeremy Podeswa handles it with skill and care in Fugitive Pieces, his lovely, absorbing adaptation of Anne Mic...

  • 50

    Variety Robert Koehler

    The cool hand of Canadian writer-director Jeremy Podeswa proves a disappointing match for Fugitive Pieces, a generally dull and unmemorable adaptation of Anne Michaels' extraordina...

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