A young Jewish girl looking to escape the clutches of the Third Reich after seeing her parents and sister brutally slain while attempting to make their way to England is sheltered by an old friend whose status as a member of the "third" sex soon leads the Gestapo pounding on his door as well. Betrayed by a smuggler who sat idly by as her family was casually slaughtered by the SS, terrified Sara (Louise Monot) flees into the comforting care of childhood summer-vacation chum Jean (Jeremie Renier) and his faithful lover Philippe (Bruno Todeschini). Though safe for the moment thanks to Jean's quick-thinking plan to pass her off as a Gallic employee of his family's laundry business, Sara watches in horror as her homosexual protector is forced into a Nazi labor camp as a tragic result of a bad decision made by Jean's troublesome brother Jacques (Nicholas Gob). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
This profoundly, moving, sad masterpiece must be seen even though the second half will tear at your heart in sadness. Its depictions of the atrocities of the Third Reich and its barbaric cruelity against gay men makes one appreciate what freedoms we enjoy today, 70 years later. The first half of the movie made me fall in love with the Jean, Philippe, and Sarah, and then during the second half, i needed a few tissues to wipe the tears from my eyes when Jean is betrayed by his brother and is tortured by the Nazis, and Philippe is senselessly killed. I cried during the last 5 minutes, and though the movie is tough to see, you must see it. Reminds me of Spielberg's masterpiece "Schnidler's List", a movie i could only watch just one time.
Since this film played all the gay and lesbian film festivals (and won best film at practically all of them), I thought the main plot was about the two lovers. Wrong! It's the story of two brothers, one straight and one gay--and the girl they both love in their own way. Very clever in building it's tangled web.. Effective acting particularly Louise Monot (who is a gorgeous French girl). But sometimes the film feels kinda TV movie-ish in production value and CORNY music score (it was a French made-for- TV-movie). Nevertheless, I was a blubbering mess at the end!