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Inside Hana's Suitcase

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Canada, Czech Republic, Germany
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2009

1h 28m

Director Larry Weinstein
Starring Jindřiška Hanusová, Linda Drexlerová, Daniel Hájek, Karim Tarakji

Genre Documentary, Drama

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A poignant docu-drama about a battered old suitcase that arrives at the Holocaust Museum in Tokyo from Auschwitz, and the story it has to tell about two young children who grew up in pre-WWII Czechoslovakia. Based on the internationally acclaimed book by Karen Levine.

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The New York Times by

It would be odd not to feel something about Hana and the Brady family, but Inside Hana's Suitcase feels more like a historical teaching aid than like a great movie.
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Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

A film relating a story of the Holocaust is destined to provoke a number of adjectives, but "cloying" shouldn't be one of them.
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Boston Globe by Loren King

In the end, what makes Inside Hana's Suitcase so powerful is the most traditional technique of all: authentic and eloquent storytelling by memorable characters.
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Village Voice by Nick Schager

A documentary saga of heartbreaking concentration-camp horrors, Inside Hana's Suitcase attempts to preserve Holocaust memories through frustratingly fractured means.