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A man, his wife, and the woman he has fallen deeply in love with experience jealousy and heartbreak while housed together in the same barrack of a World War II-era concentration camp in Oscar-nominated director Michèle Ohayon's (Cowboy del Amor) unflinching look at love in a land ravaged by war. His marriage already failing when he and his wife were assigned to live in a concentration camp, Jack soon found comfort in the arms of new love interest Ina. Though his wife voiced vehement objection to the relationship, Jack continued to communicate with his newfound love in a series of furtively… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Not even Hollywood could invent a romance more extraordinary than this one."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Some may think the Holocaust has nothing new to offer up, but Michele Ohayon says otherwise."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Because the sheer scale of [the Holocaust] is incomprehensible, humanizing it, in a documentary like Steal a Pencil for Me, keeps it vivid."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Love conquers all, including the Nazi war machine and an angry wife, in Ohayon's new Holocaust documentary."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"It's a Holocaust story unlike any other, and filmmaker Michele Ohayon treats it with an engaging sensitivity."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
"Irrepressibly moving without being sentimental, Steal a Pencil for Me is a testimony to true love."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"There's incredible feeling behind Steal A Pencil For Me -- enough to sustain two lives throughout unimaginable hardship -- but the film doesn't bring much of it to the surface."
‑ , AV Club
"endlessly fascinating"
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"No first-person account of life in a Nazi concentration camp could ever be called 'romantic,' but the story of Jack Polak and Ina Soep -- comes close."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The filmmaker elegantly documents both the past and the present with a measured yet heartfelt sincerity."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"What makes Ms. Ohayon's movie special is its recognition that epic horrors don't erase private dramas."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"Michèle Ohayon's Steal a Pencil for Me offers a simple human story of dignity, levity and romance -- both unlikely qualities in the chaos and terror of Nazi-era Europe -- and exerts its own special charm."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"An idiosyncratic, largely anecdotal story with larger reverberations."
‑ Karina Longworth, SpoutBlog
"Ohayan creates a fluid pace, matching the account of the survival with present day footage of the couple lecturing younger generations to raise Holocaust awareness."
‑ Eric Kohn, New York Press
"A misguided documentary that mistakes cutesy, polished aesthetics for meaningful sentiment."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
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