#Anne Frank Parallel Stories
- 1h 32min
It is based on five women who did survive the Holocaust but shared her same fate of "deportation, suffering and being denied their childhood and adolescence," according to promotional materi... Read allIt is based on five women who did survive the Holocaust but shared her same fate of "deportation, suffering and being denied their childhood and adolescence," according to promotional materials.It is based on five women who did survive the Holocaust but shared her same fate of "deportation, suffering and being denied their childhood and adolescence," according to promotional materials.
Helen Mirren narrated and linked various parts of the movie from what was said to be an exact reproduction of Anne Frank's bedroom, if you've ever been to the Frank house you'll know that the annexe is kept mostly empty at the wishes of Otto Frank. This was effective in evoking the claustrophobia of life in the annex but seemed a little unnecessary. Mirren herself seemed to have pretty much dialled in her performance, a combination of overacting and not very believable emoting. Too much Mirren and not enough narrator.
The movie's main trope was that of a teenage girl travelling to various places in Western Europe associated with Anne Frank and documenting her feelings on instagram-like social media. The girl had no character whatsoever, the only thing we learn about her is that she likes cake and nose-piercings. Her social-media updates never rose above the level of "I wonder what you were thinking, Anne? #oppression".
The usual pictures and films of what happened in the camps are, as always, horrifying, and I cried a little during the interviews with the five survivors but overall this was a wasted opportunity. This has been done so much better in other movies and documentaries. I hope this is better received by the target audience than it was by me.
The most important message from this documentary was that the appeal of fascism and the urge to genocide has never gone away, that it is in fact back with a vengeance. That all those who are horrified by what happened in the Shoah should also be horrified by what's happening now to refugees and immigrants around the world and should draw the parallels between the populism, bigotry, hatred, and nationalism the Nazis parlayed into power and the populism, bigotry, hatred, and nationalism so many of our current governments are also parlaying into power. The witnesses to the Holocaust are nearly all gone now, their history is being rewritten and denied by those whose intentions are evil and it's more important than ever that those witnesses get to speak out now to generations to whom the Holocaust seems to be as far away and irrelevant to their lives as the Spanish Armada.
Despite my opinion that this movie could have been so much better, if it manages to get that message across to its target audience then it will have served its purpose and that purpose is eminently worthwhile.
- Mar 16, 2020