What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this often-intense drama based on the 2007 novel by Tatiana De Rosnay takes place in both 1942, as a brave 10-year-old girl tries to survive the Holocaust and rescue her younger brother, and 2009, as a journalist in France tries to find out what happened. The movie features some horrifying violence, mostly surrounding the Holocaust sequences that make up about a third of the film. Characters commit suicide, get sick, and die; children are pushed and hurt in the general chaos; and blood is shown. There's some minor sexuality, including a pregnant woman and an image of two teen/pre-teen girls swimming naked. Teens old enough to handle the Holocaust imagery will find some interesting and powerful history lessons here.
- Families can talk about the violence of the Holocaust. What would make people behave that way? How is that period of history typically portrayed in the media?
- What keeps drawing filmmakers and audiences to this subject material?
- Does knowing the truth help or hurt the characters in 2009? Is something painful better hidden or known?