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A Bag of Marbles(Un sac de billes)

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France, Canada, Czech Republic · 2017
Rated PG · 1h 50m
Director Christian Duguay
Starring Dorian Le Clech, Batyste Fleurial, Patrick Bruel, Elsa Zylberstein
Genre Drama, War

In occupied France, two young Jewish brothers search for their family amidst the brutality and violence of the German invasion. Together, they must summon cleverness, courage, and ingenuity to reunite their family and escape the occupying forces.

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The New York Times by Glenn Kenny

Despite the hardships endured by the characters, nearly every shot seems dappled with nostalgia. The music score is sentimental, with shimmering pianos and trembling strings. But the writing and its attendant characterizations have an undeniable integrity, the particular historical detail offered by the story is not common in films about this era, and the lead performers are moving.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Even when the chips are down, every boy’s adorable beret looks box-fresh. It’s the boys themselves, however, who often cut through the Camembert to deliver a shot of honest, imperilled feeling.

88 by Matt Fagerholm

The great value of Christian Duguay’s A Bag of Marbles is the degree to which it makes such a barbaric and bewildering chapter in human history comprehensible for young audiences.


Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

Director Christian Duguay is much more comfortable handling the sledgehammer superficialities of near-miss action and prankish boyhood than the complicated, turbulent emotions surrounding children imperiled during wartime.


Village Voice by Simon Abrams

There’s a chintzy silver lining tacked onto every potentially dark cloud in the cloying French World War II drama A Bag of Marbles, a pseudo-inspiring adaptation of Jewish World War II survivor Joseph Joffo’s partly fictionalized memoir.


San Francisco Chronicle by Walter Addiego

This isn’t the first film to try to deal with the horrors of the Holocaust from a child’s perspective, but it’s tricky material, and this one succeeds because it is direct and forthright.

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