Plus Tard (One Day You'll Understand) (Later)
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Plus Tard (One Day You'll Understand) (Later)
A middle-aged man studying the Mur des Noms in modern-day France recalls the time 20 years prior when he and his mother were viewing the trial of Klaus Barbie with rapt attention in this introspective drama from director Amos Gitai. The year was 1987, and Rivka lived with her son, Victor, in a disheveled apartment littered with antiques and memorabilia. The opening session in the trial against the so-called "butcher of Lyon" is being televised, and Rivka is struggling to keep her emotions under control as she prepares dinner. Meanwhile, Victor sits in his office attempting to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Director] Gitai works here from Jérôme Clément's 2005 book about his mother. He whips something rich and delicate out of the story's dramatic spareness."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"One Day You'll Understand is not exclusively a picture about the Holocaust. It is about a contradiction: human discomfort with some truths and human hunger for them."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Israeli director Amos Gitai can be one of the world's most graceful and effective filmmakers, but he's equally susceptible to ham-fisted episodes, and his new film is one of them."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Drama about a French Jewish family's suffering, secrets, and denials regarding Nazi persecution during the French Occupation is an often disorienting collage of memory shards. But the legendary Jeanne Moreau and other excellent cast help hold interest."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"...Gitai's penchant for going off on head-scratching tangents is certainly in full force here."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The intelligence and commitment of One Day You'll Understand can't be doubted, but as drama, the film barely registers."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"This is not a movie of big, dramatic revelations; in fact, the notionally elusive truth is pretty obvious from the movie's outset, which makes Victor's quest less about facts and more about principles."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"Despite the back and forth between awkward and moving, unsubtle and touching, Gitai does make a strong case for personal reexaminations of the past."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"In under 20 minutes of screen time, Jeanne Moreau supplies One Day You'll Understand with an otherwise absent emotional weight of reconciliation to the anguished history of WWII France."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"The chance to watch the grand Jeanne Moreau is this flat memoir's saving grace."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Nonetheless, this mesmerizing, flawed, almost Proustian meditation has more to do with the present than the past."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Accurate in imaging the mystery of man's not fully knowable past, 'One Day You'll Understand' leaves too much distant, unsolved and confused."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Inert performances, an irritating soundtrack, and the lack of resonance of the 'big secret' combine to make viewing a burden."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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