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A Bag Of Marbles

Un sac de billes

2017, Christian Duguay, France, 110 min. With Dorian Le Clech, Patrick Bruel, Elsa Zylberstein.

Show Times

  • Fri, Apr 20th 1:45pm
  • Fri, Apr 20th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Apr 21st 5:15pm
  • Sun, Apr 22nd 3:00pm
  • Mon, Apr 23rd 6:00pm
  • Tue, Apr 24th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Apr 25th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Apr 26th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere!

★★★1/2 "Duguay’s film succeeds as a very good historical drama, but in its final act, it blossoms into a near-great one." — Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com

"The writing and its attendant characterizations have an undeniable integrity, the particular historical detail offered by the story is not common in films about this era, and the lead performers are moving." — Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Based on Joseph Joffo's best-selling memoir (for many years assigned reading in French schools), A BAG OF MARBLES evokes HOPE AND GLORY and AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS in its sharp counterpointing of boyhood nostalgia and the harsh realties of wartime life. As Nazi persecution intensifies in occupied Paris, a Jewish family separates in order to increase their chances of survival. Their two sons - 10-year-old Joseph (Le Clech) and 12-year-old Maurice - set off across Free France in an odyssey filled with adventure, danger, and unexpected benefactors. The family is reunited in sunny Nice, but the approach of the Nazis sends the two brothers into hiding again, posing as Algerians to avoid suspicion, as Joseph finds work as a paperboy for an anti-Semitic publisher with a pretty daughter. Director Duguay deftly switches gears from harrowing to humorous to heartfelt, effectively using point-of-view shots to convey suspense and wonder. The close bonds between the two brothers and their parents form the emotional core the film, with Patrick Bruel especially moving as the boys' devoted father. In French, German, Yiddish, and Russian with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

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