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An Oscar-worthy 'Fall'

By Desson Howe
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 6, 2001


    'Divided We Fall' A scene from "Divided We Fall." (Sony Pictures Classics)
A smart, restrained movie, "Divided We Fall" was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign picture for the Czech Republic last year. It's easy to see why. Filmmakers Jan Hrebejk (director) and Petr Jarchovsky (the screenwriter) have created a stirring, affecting story about courage, trust and the inevitability of bizarre allegiances during times of desperation. The film's about a brave Czech couple, Josef (Boleslav Polivka) and Marie (Anna Siskova), who hide Jewish refugee David Weiner (Csongar Kassai) from the Nazis for the last two years of the war. Hiding David – the son of Josef's former employer who has been captured by the Nazis – becomes increasingly difficult when a Nazi collaborator (Jaroslav Dusek) with a romantic interest in Marie keeps visiting the home. Based on a true story, the movie takes us through some harrowing times – particularly when Josef and Marie have to make a desperate decision to preserve their lives.

"Divided We Fall" (PG-13, 122 minutes)Contains a scene of sexual assault, minor sexual situations and some violence. In Czech and German with subtitles. Loews Cineplex Dupont Circle.


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