This movie is based upon a true story.  That should make us stop and think.  These stories need to be continued to be told so we don’t repeat mistakes but also to see how freedom is very costly and rarely free.  Set in communist Russia (Belarus today) during WWII, four Jewish brothers hide in the forest near their childhood home after the Nazis terrorize their village.  Other Jews follow to escape and soon, due to numbers, they have to begin to structure their lives.  There is inner conflict as well as between the brothers.  Not enough food, building shelter, medicine and of course staying hidden.  The main characters are likable and tough.  I don’t know how well this film did in the cinemas but it is well worth your time.  This also is a little different from the usual WWII films as it is set in Eastern Europe.  Definitely food for thought for anyone of that heritage – I love it when before the credits then relay what happened to some of the people you have just spent two hours getting to know.  I sat thinking how it would feel to be in any of their positions.  Winters were brutal.  Illness could easily kill.  Dissatisfaction and complaining had to have been a morale killer.  We know the ending and when the war finished; they did not.  A must see without being too syrupy or overly gory.

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