DIVIDED WE FALL
The Wounds of War
Starring: Boleslav Polivka, Anna
Siskova, Csongor Kassai, &
Runtime: 122 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Jan Hrebejk
Producer: Ondrej Trojan & Pavel Borovan
Writer: Petr Jarchovsky
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A short while later, Josef and Marie are confronted with the possibility of a German officer being sent to live with them. Marie impulsively announces she is pregnant and that they will need the extra room for the baby. Josef, fearing greatly for the safety of his family and knowing he cannot father a child, demands Marie to have relations with the young Jewish man. She protests and is heartbroken at the thought of such a request. Regrettably, out of love for her husband, Marie becomes pregnant and their secret is safe for a short while longer.
Filled with fascinating and likable characters, DIVIDED WE FALL asks each person how deep their loyalties lie and to what extent they will remain true. It is a thoroughly engrossing story, often beset by fear and paranoia in the difficult life under occupation. In spite of the darkness imposed on the town (and the story), DIVIDED WE FALL finds humor in the small occurrences of life along the way. Immersed in difficult situations, it seems believable that people would find reasons to laugh or they’d end up crying. One particularly humorous scene shows Josef’s German friend lecturing him about what abnormal times can do to normal people.
Despite the darker themes of this time period and some moral relativism, DIVIDED WE FALL is an uplifting story filled with a message of hope and faith. It is fascinating that the movie’s title is uttered alternately as a message of encouragement and a genuine threat. On a deeper level, DIVIDED WE FALL is about the redemption of a lost society which averted its eyes from the war’s atrocities.
DIVIDED WE FALL contains mature themes and caution is urged. Based upon a true story, DIVIDED WE FALL is about loyalties and the power of forgiveness. It is also rife with moral relativism as the couple try to keep up with their own lies and deceptions. Despite this, DIVIDED WE FALL is an uplifting story filled with fascinating characters. In spite of the darkness imposed on the town (and the story), DIVIDED WE FALL finds humor in the small occurrences of life along the way. On a deeper level, it is about the redemption of a lost society which averted its eyes from the war’s atrocities