La Rafle
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In picturesque Montmarte, three children wearing a yellow star play in the streets, oblivious to the darkness spreading over Nazi-occupied France. Their parents do not seem too concerned either, somehow putting their trust in the Vichy Government. But beyond this view, much is going on. Hitler demands that the French government round up its Jews and put them on trains for the extermination camps in the East. The collaborators start to put the plan into effect and within a short time, 13,000 of Paris's Jews, among them 4,000 children, will be rounded up and sent on a road with no return.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Rose Bosch's intentions seem genuine, but her dramatizations frequently undermine the horrific real-life events on which they're based."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
"The utter hopelessness experienced by European Jewry is never hinted at, and in its way this betrays the Holocaust story."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"A somber, flat, occasionally moving reminder of one of France's darkest moments"
‑ Mark Zhuravsky, The Playlist
"A Holocaust 101 film that focuses on the roundup of French Jews in 1942 from a child's point of view."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Horrors of War Revisited in French 'La Rafle'"
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"It's a mainstream, sentimental drama because it needs to be. It announces in a clear voice that this happened."
‑ Joel Arnold, NPR
"Treading on a shameful piece of French history, Bosch bizarrely intercuts scenes of Hitler, Himmler, and Hess working out the logistics of the exportations, in vignettes that smack of Inglourious Basterds farce ..."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Realistically brings to the screen. . .as visceral, powerful, and ever more awful scenes. . . but the larger historical context comes across as stiff educational recreations."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"There are two halves to "La Rafle.""
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"Bosch boldly tackles the psyche of Hitler, showing the Führer enjoying the high life with Eva Braun as he instructs his minions..."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"A well-meaning but inexpertly dramatized account of the roundup of 13,000 Parisian Jews in the summer of 1942."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The movie succeeds in generating only mild outrage, tempered by impeccable tastefulness and the safe distance of time."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Time Out New York
"Sentimentality may make the movie's agony more digestible, but its darkness resists any glossing over of what isn't only France's, but Europe's painful legacy."
‑ Ela Bittencourt, Slant Magazine
"'La Rafle' was a hit in France, and now you have a chance to see what Europe was raving about last year."
‑ Linda Cook, KWQC-TV (Iowa)
"It's a useful primer on this period of French history, but isn't much more than that."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
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