Fugitive Pieces
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"Fugitive Pieces" is a powerful, poetic, and emotionally-charged drama about love, loss and redemption. The film tells the story of Jakob Beer, a man whose life is haunted by his childhood experiences during WWII. As a child in Poland he is orphaned during wartime then saved by a compassionate Greek archeologist. Over the course of his life, he attempts to deal with the losses he has endured. Through his writing, and then through the discovery of true love, Jakob is ultimately freed from the legacy of his past.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the most delicate, approachable and rewarding Holocaust movies of recent years."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Fugitive Pieces is an often lovely work, haunting its viewer long afterward with its quiet observations on what remains with us."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Distractingly jumping back and forth in time, the film falters badly in the modern era, yet its tale is still a moving one."
‑ Brandon Judell, indieWIRE
"Plays out with such daunting high-mindedness it makes The Reader look like Transformers."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The movie has little dramatic momentum, and its journey is essentially Jakob's incremental acceptance of his fate. But Dillane and the writer-director Jeremy Podeswa create such a compelling central character that it hardly matters."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Fugitive Pieces delivers its own evocative poetry."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Tasteful, unremarkable art-house fare, rescued from complete irrelevance by Stephen Dillane's bottled-up performance as a writer scarred by the Holocaust."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Nostalgic, deeply felt, and refreshingly astute, "Fugitive Pieces" is something of a rare bird these days%u2014a big-budget, transnational historical drama that actually justifies its scope and subject matter with more than visual opulence."
‑ Leo Goldsmith, indieWIRE
"Fugitive Pieces reduces the Holocaust and its aftermath to a cosy soap opera."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"His journey towards peace of mind involves lots of lyrical philosophising, which presumably comes straight from the film's source novel, by Anne Michaels, and doesn't lend itself to dramatisation, despite Dillane's typically intelligent performance."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"The great Serbian actor Rade Serbedzija gives Fugitive Pieces its heart."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Fugitive Pieces is often quiet, lyrical, reflective and underplayed. It doesn't minimize Holocaust suffering--far from it--but it strives, often successfully, to unearth the innate good in people Anne Frank alluded to so eloquently."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"Podeswa's confusing, commonplace film lumbers along with a painful sincerity."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Given the source novel, Podeswa's attempt to adapt Fugitive Pieces is admirable in itself. Yet despite an enthusiastic cast, this fails to transport you in the same way. Tying itself in narrative knots, the end result is stilted."
‑ James Mottram, Film4
"Anne Michael's complex, poetic novel is here adapted into a stolid, somewhat po-faced film, but one that still manages to tease some affecting drama out of its scholarly premise."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
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