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The Flat

Not Rated In Theaters 10/19/2012 , 97min.
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April 18, 2013
you r all nazis
March 20, 2013
Too many Jews.
January 17, 2013
breathtaking, the film was predictable - the silence between generations - and the pain within - during and post discovery of the mysteries of the past - and who was present - and who was present while in mental, emotional absentia. difficult to watch unfold; what a waste of all still 'absent'
November 30, 2012
alelis1240 - In answer to your question, no the world does not think the Jews were the only ones who suffered during WWII. But they were singled out as a race for the most vile cruel treatment in an effort to annihilate them as part of Hitler's plans to have a pure Aryan race take over the world. If you feel Stalin's treatment of those killed in Siberia warrants a movie, I suggest you make one.
November 23, 2012
It is a film about one family's discovery of their grandparents. The reviewer above pouring vitriol on the film because it is not about the millions killed by Stalin has no charity in his heart. The film is an intensely personal document. Some other family could do the same about their history, one does not cancel the other out. Furthermore, the above reviewer should keep in mind that

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San Francisco Chronicle
The movie feels more like a thriller and a mystery than a documentary. Perhaps someday, someone will be inspired to dramatize this astonishing story. Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Ultimately, this is not a film about one specific event but about human nature - most notably, the instincts toward denial and delusion, acceptance and forgiveness. From start to finish, revelations abound. Full Review
Jeannette Catsoulis
The New York Times
A film that begins as a family quest but evolves into a gripping study of know-don't-tell reticence and the umbilical tie of a lost homeland. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
What makes The Flat mesmerizing is its wealth of historical detail. What makes it universal is what it says about families everywhere - that children, being children, don't want to know what their parents are up to, and that grown-ups, being human, don't want to credit troubling facts that conflict with what they need to believe. Full Review
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Holocaust must never be forgotten, but like many well-intentioned documentaries, The Flat derives more power from the implicit strength of the subject than from the explicit choices of the director. Full Review

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