This film is narrated by George Tabori and it is based on his book. It is the true story depicting the deportation of 4000 Jews from Budapest to Auschwitz in July of 1944. His mother, Elsa was on this train wearing a yellow star on her dress to signify she is a Jew. She was arrested as she left their home, turned over to the Germans and placed on the train. She didn’t know why she was arrested and she has several bad experiences while traveling on the train.
I wanted to like this film but there is not much of a plot or substance. There are many scenes of Elsa smiling into the camera? Is that showing courage? There is a twist at the end. 2 ½* (This movie is so-so)
89 min, Drama directed by Michael Verhoeven with George Tabori, Pauline Collins, Ulrich Rukur, Natalie Morse, Robert Giggenbach, Heribert Sasse, Gunter Bothur, Simon Verhoeven, Buddy Elias, Peter Radtke, Otto Grunmandl.
Note: Imdb 6.9 out of 10, Amazon 3.5* out of 5* with 10 reviews, TV guide 3* out of 4*.
Special Note: This film is a collaboration between Germany and Britain. Filmed in Brandenburg and Berlin, Germany; Budapest, Hungary.