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Set in a small Czech town in 1943, Divided We Fall revolves around a childless couple, Josef and Marie Crzek, who are somewhat apathetic toward the German occupation until Josef finds his former Jewish neighbor David hiding in his old apartment, having just escaped from Theresiendstadt concentration camp. Josef realizes he must harbor David and, with Marie's help, creates a hideout for him in their attic. The Crzeks are concerned about their best friend Horst as he is a Nazi collaborator and is lasciviously interested in Marie. When she refuses his advances, he is determined to take… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As with the films of Emir Kusturica, whose characters also resist easy analysis, the people in Divided We Fall are completely and wonderfully human."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A lovely movie, one that allows its characters unexpected spurts of growth and regression, darkness and grace."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
""Divided We Fall" is a vital reminder of the kinds of dramatic choices made by millions of peopled victimized by Nazis and traitors in a war that was fought at all costs."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"The comic elements are handled with a delicacy so that they do not overwhelm the dramatic underpinnings."
‑ Ted Murphy, Baseline.Hollywood.com
"A well-acted, thoughtful piece that shows what it may have been like living in Nazi-occupied portions of Europe, particularly in ethnically mixed Czechoslovakia."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Divided We Fall is quintessentially Czech, and it knows no borders."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A rewarding, courageous and beautiful work."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"Manages to be funny and touching without ever resorting to schmaltz."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"No matter a person's race, creed, religion or even political affiliation, this simple Czech film is a triumph to be shared by all."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"Parts are very funny, but not over the top like Life is Beautiful."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Has the literary richness, depth of character and tone that such a morally difficult, powerful narrative requires."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"An accomplished, insightful, touching film."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"Just when you think you've seen all the World War II films you can handle, one comes along that leaves you in awe."
‑ Rachel Gordon, Filmcritic.com
"A stark portrait of the Nazi occupation -- the paranoia citizens lived with every moment, and the way small lies lead to tragic consequences."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The players perfectly inhabit their characters; nobody seems to be actually acting."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
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