Monday, August 15, 2016

A La Vie (To Life) 2014

     In 1960 in Berck, France, Helene and Lili meet each other and they haven’t been together for 15 years.  The last time they saw each other was when they were released from the concentration camp at Auschwitz.  Rose was a third member of their group and Helene thought she was dead.  Lili has kept it secret that Rose will be coming to see them and she is alive.  Helene lives in Paris, Lili lives in Amsterdam and Rose lives in Montreal.  They start to let go of their past and enjoy meals, songs on the beach and being in the ocean waves.  At times they catch themselves talking about the camp but they agree to move on quickly from this period in their lives.  They decide they will do this again.
     I thought this was good.  Each of the women has a completely different life and they are each different in their personalities.  Their friendship and being together helped them to survive their ordeal.  They were looking out for and helping each other.  Alone, they may have died.  They have regrets but they are trying to move beyond this event that shaped them.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

104 min, Drama directed by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann wit Julie Depardieu, Johanna ter Steege, Suzanne Clement, Suzanne Clement, Hippolyte Girardot, Mathia Mlekuz, Benjamin Wangermee.

Note:  Imdb 6.1 out of 10, 57% critic 20% audience on Rotten Tomatoes,
Special Note:  Filmed in Berck sur mer, Pas de Calais, France.  Julie Depardieu is the daughter of French actor Gerard Depardieu.

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