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The Birch-Tree Meadow (2003)

La petite prairie aux bouleaux (original title)
Myriam is a French Jew and a holocaust survivor. Sixty years after her imprisonment in Auschwitz she decides to do something daring. She returns there to finally confront her painful past. ... See full summary »

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Marceline Loridan Ivens (as Marceline Loridan-Ivens)

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Marceline Loridan Ivens (as Marceline Loridan-Ivens), Jeanne Moreau | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anouk Aimée ... Myriam
August Diehl ... Oskar
Marilu Marini Marilu Marini ... Suzanne
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Gutek
Claire Maurier Claire Maurier ... Ginette
Monique Couturier Monique Couturier ... Rachel
Nathalie Nerval Nathalie Nerval ... Vieille femme
Élise Otzenberger Élise Otzenberger ... Sarah
Keren Marciano Keren Marciano ... Nourith
Mireille Perrier Mireille Perrier ... Femme à Auschwitz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pawel Burczyk ... Waiter
Zuriel De Peslouan
Artur Dziurman ... Portier
Dorota Liliental Dorota Liliental
Anna Radwan
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Myriam is a French Jew and a holocaust survivor. Sixty years after her imprisonment in Auschwitz she decides to do something daring. She returns there to finally confront her painful past. At Auschwitz she meets another person who is looking for answers-a young German photographer Oskar, whose grandfather was an SS officer. Written by Aljaz Ciber, Slovenia

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Country:

France | Germany | Poland

Language:

French | Polish | English

Release Date:

12 November 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Birkenau und Rosenfeld See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Merveilleux!
17 March 2004 | by FilmLabRatSee all my reviews

Really outstanding, gripping movie - excellent in every way. I rarely give 10s or 1s, but this is definitely a 10.

The movie opens with an Auschwitz Survivor's Association meeting, a sort of "class reunion" type gathering where people are joking and reminiscing, etc. Quickly, the tone changes when wounds are opened and one woman returns to the scene of the crime, to relive it in her mind. She unexpectedly meets a young German man who is photographing the place, making an archaological record of it. He meets her and wants to join her trip down memory lane. It gets more and more interesting, with a great deal of psychological complexity throughout.

The only thing I would change is the ending. I won't say what happens, but she needed to remember the letter. It would have been better punctuated, as a story. Beautiful cinematography, writing, acting, the whole bit. Outstanding!


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