Author Anne Michaels's poetic novel comes to the screen courtesy of director Jeremy Podeswa in this period drama concerning a Holocaust survivor who remains eternally haunted by the uncertain fate of his beloved sister. Athos (Rade Sherbedgia) is an archeologist conducting a dig in Nazi-occupied Poland. When Athos discovers a seven-year-old boy named Jakob (Robbie Kay) hiding near the work site, he smuggles the frightened boy back to Greece and promises to shelter him when the Nazis come knocking there as well. Having previously witnessed the brutal massacre of his family at the hands of Hitler's henchmen, Jakob longs to find out what fate befell his sister, Bella (Nina Dobrev) -- who wasn't executed with the majority of his other relatives but subsequently disappeared without a trace. After the war, Athos and Jakob emigrate to Toronto in hopes of starting a new life. But even after all these years, Jakob (Stephen Dillane) can't seem to shake the grief of losing his family and not knowing what ever became of Bella. Later, when Jakob marries the radiant Alex (Rosamund Pike), the bright-eyed beauty does her best to illuminate the dark corners within her husband's soul. To maintain one's connection to ghosts requires a certain shunning of the living, however, and only when Jakob discovers the strength to let go of his painful past will he finally be able to move forward into the future. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rent movies and games by mail without a monthly subscription and pay only for the movies and games you want. Blockbuster By Mail Subscribers can use it to get even more rentals each month. You'll have 7 days to watch, then return in the prepaid mailer.
No subscription required. Usually ships in 24 hours.
Blockbuster Instant Video
Watch thousands of movies instantly on your TV, tablet, mobile phone or computer with no monthly subscription.
You pay only for what you watch.
This is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen about the effects of the Holocaust on a survivor. Although haunted throughout his life, the main character finally is able to transcend his tragedy and reach out to live his life fully and beautifully. I just loved this movie and it has been haunting me as well.