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Moving Story of Rescue

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Release Date: April 19, 2009

Starring: Anna Paquin, Goran Visnjic, Michelle Dockery, Danuta Stenka, Rebecca Windheim, Sergei Marchenko, Paul Freeman, Leigh Lawson, and Marcia Gay Harden

Genre: Drama

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: TV-PG

Runtime: 95 minutes

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Content:

(CC, BB, VV, M) Strong Christian worldview with strong biblical elements of sacrifice, courage, love, and family along with elements of the Jewish faith and several scenes in Catholic churches and convents as well as with priests and nuns; no obscenities or profanities; woman is shot, woman is tortured by her feet being stabbed with a knife, woman beaten with a stick, women shot by firing squad but only heard not seen; no sexual content; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, woman tells Jewish children to lie in order to survive and Jewish leaders from the ghetto oppose their children being rescued because they do not want them to be converted to Christianity, but this conflict is ultimately resolved.


Summary:

THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER is the inspiring World War II drama about the brave Catholic Christian social worker Irena Sendler who saved the lives of 2,500 Jewish babies and young children in the Warsaw Ghetto. Although the movie contains very little objectionable content with many biblical virtues portrayed by the main character such as courage, love, and sacrifice, caution is still recommended for children due to violence and brief torture scenes.


Review:

THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER is the inspiring World War II drama about Catholic Christian social worker Irena Sendler who saved the lives of 2,500 Jewish babies and young children in the Warsaw ghetto. Using fake identification to pass herself off as a nurse, Irena was able to enter and exit the ghetto at will, which allowed her to develop an operation for smuggling the children to safety. Happily, this made-for-TV movie contains almost no objectionable content and expounds biblical ideas and morals.
Based on the true story outlined in the book “The Mother of the Holocaust,” the movie shows Irena’s efforts to develop a network of contacts to accomplish her dangerous mission. She was able to save the children by placing them with trustworthy Polish Catholic families who would teach them to pass as Polish Catholic children so the German police and Gestapo would never know the difference. However, she faced much opposition in doing so. For example, the Jewish religious leaders in the ghetto did not want her to take their children for fear that they would be converted to Christianity, but this conflict is eventually resolved.
Finally, in 1943, the Gestapo arrest Irena and place her in captivity where they interrogate and torture her for information concerning the Resistance. Their efforts prove unsuccessful, however, because Irena would not betray anyone. She is sentenced to death, but is able to escape with the help of a guard who had been bribed by members of the Resistance.
THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER is an excellent production with good direction and fine acting, including heartfelt performances by Anna Paquin and Marcia Gay Harden. The movie seems to miss some details here and there that would help explain the background of the characters and their relation to one another. For the most part, though, audiences will be captivated by the story. Although the movie contains very little objectionable content with many biblical virtues portrayed by the main character such as courage, love, and sacrifice. Caution is still recommended for children due to the brief torture scenes, the implied shooting of the women before the firing squad, and the woman who gets shot by a German guard.


In Brief:

THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER is the inspiring World War II drama about Irena Sendler, who saved the lives of 2,500 Jewish children in the Warsaw Ghetto. Based on a true story, the movie shows Irena’s efforts to develop a network of contacts to accomplish her dangerous mission. Using fake identification to pass herself off as a nurse, Irena is able to enter the Ghetto at will. This allows her to save the children by smuggling them out of the Ghetto and placing them with trustworthy Catholic families, who teach them to pass as Polish Catholic children so the German authorities never know the difference.
THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER is an excellent production with good direction and fine acting, including heartfelt performances by Anna Paquin and Marcia Gay Harden. The movie seems to miss some details that would help explain the character backgrounds and their relationships to one another. The movie contains very little objectionable content with many biblical virtues, but caution is still recommended for children due to brief torture scenes and other violence. This is, however, an inspiring story of courage, love, and sacrifice.