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A group of Jewish Holocaust survivors attempt to restart their lives after Europe's liberation from Nazi occupation in director Michel Deville's 2002 ensemble drama Almost Peaceful. Husband and wife couple Albert (Simon Abkaryan) and Lea (Zabou Breitman) attempt to rebuild their tailoring business in central Paris, starting with the hiring of staff for their company. All of their new employees have been scarred -- in varying degrees -- by their experiences during the war. Charles (Denis Podalydes) lost his entire family to the death camps, while Maurice (Stanislas Merhar) seems to be… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"Generosity and love of life are the film's hallmarks. Like the work of an expert tailor, it's done with unobtrusive skill, essential warmth and seamless grace."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Delicately moving."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"a movie that stuffy film critics rate highly out of a sense of guilt and fear, but which never connect with real audiences, desperately waiting for something to happen"
‑ Christopher Null,
"The plotting in this 2002 French drama really isn't any more deep than your typical soap opera."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"As an ensemble piece offering harsh themes rendered easily digestible by spoonfuls of sweetness and compassion, Almost Peaceful is too mild and treacly to enhance Deville's reputation with American audiences."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Unlike any other film I have seen about the Holocaust."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"You become aware of how few movies about survivors of the Holocaust show them going about their lives, as opposed to acting out someone's idea of a Holocaust Survivor."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"The combination of happy plot resolutions, spring-like classical music and beautiful scenery put a pleasant cap on a very humane, moving film."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"An unassuming, dignified and deeply resonant experience."
‑ , E! Online
"Deville gently reveals that they're all simultaneously hauntingly fragile and amazingly resilient, their smiles as piercing as any resigned gaze."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There's something rather lovely about the mood and intentions of Michel Deville's French movie."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"This is a film of half-notes and nuances, and as a chronicle of emotional survival it is infinitely inspiring."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"There isn't much of a narrative arc in director Michel Deville's drama, just many touching little stories."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A loving, moving portrait of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust attempting to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives in Paris."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
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