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A Jewish boy in Eastern Europe at the end of WWII is entrusted to an elderly foster mother by his parents to escape persecution, but a tragedy strikes and he is forced to survive alone. Wandering through the desecrated countryside, the boy encounters villagers and soldiers whose own lives have been brutally altered, and who are intent on revisiting this brutality on the boy. When the war ends, the boy has been changed, forever. Shot in crisp black and white 35mm and adapted from the controversial novel by Jerzy Kosinski, this is an unflinching examination of the very worst of humanity.
Czech Republic | 2019 | 169’ | 18 | Vaclav Marhoul | Petr Kotlár, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel
“Czech director Václav Marhoul spins war-torn history into phantasmagorical horror” The Guardian (Xan Brooks) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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