Plus Tard (One Day You'll Understand) (Later)
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Plus Tard (One Day You'll Understand) (Later)
As the trial of Lyon's Gestapo head Klaus Barbie plays out on television, French businessman Victor Bastien finds himself distracted from his work and increasingly obsessed with piecing together the truth about his family's history. As he sorts through photographs, letters and memorabilia, the documents he discovers--including an Aryan declaration written by his father--tell of the fate that befell his parents during the war, and he is quick to rush to judgment. But to his frustration, his mother Rivka has shuttered away her past and refuses to share any memories with him. With… 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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