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A Bag of Marbles

Rated General (Mature Theme) ~ Runs 110 minutes

Dir.: Christian Duguay, France/Canada

Dorian Le Clech, Batyste Fleurial, Patrick Bruel
In French with English subtitles


“Canadian director Christian Duguay explores the horrors of World War Two from the perspective of two young Jewish boys living in Nazi-occupied France in A Bag of Marbles. Based on the acclaimed memoirs of the same name by Joseph Joffo, A Bag of Marbles is a lavishly shot production that is brilliantly acted... Following the fall of Paris to Nazi Germany during World War II, brothers Maurice and Joseph are forced to leave their close-knit Jewish family behind for the free-zone along the French Riviera. With a list of strict instructions from their family, the two boys overcome extraordinary odds to be reunited with their parents and older brothers in Nice. However, their happiness is short lived when the Nazis occupy Nice and once again the boys must be separated from their family with the hopes of eventually being reunited after the war. The boys must use their street smart wit to outsmart the merciless Nazi officials and rely on the assistance of strangers, including the help of a Catholic Priest in order to survive. Twelve year old Dorian Le Clech and 17 year old Batyste Felurial, are brilliant as Joseph and Maurice... Despite the film’s dark subject matter the two both deliver a few comedic moments and their chemistry as two brothers is incredibly realistic... Despite the grim war scenes and the dark subject matter, Duguay has created a lavishly shot film that boasts stunning cinematography, lush locations and beautiful period costumes. The film beautifully balances the high stake tension with some sweet and endearing moments between the two brothers and celebrates their innocence. While the film is a dark reminder of a horrible page in our history, its heart-warming story reminds us that there are still good people in our darkest moments.” - Daniele Foti-Cuzzola, The Record



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November 19