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La Rafle

Directed by Rose Bosch

France-Germany-Hungary | 125 minutes | 2010

French, German, Yiddish with English subtitles

On July 16th, 1942, French authorities carried out an extensive raid of Jews in greater Paris, resulting in the arrest of more than 13,000 people including 4,000 children. After spending several miserable days in the Vélodrome d'Hiver stadium at the apex of summer with little food or water, families were deported to internment camps elsewhere in France and then, finally, to Auschwitz — never to be seen again. Director Rose Bosch s powerful portrayal of France s infamous Vel d' Hiv Roundup features international stars Jean Reno (The Da Vinci Code, Leon the Professional) and the luminous Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, Beginners) in a subtly moving, career-defining performance. With its emotionally astute and sensitive exploration of a long taboo subject — Jacques Chirac issued a public apology to the citizens of France only in 1995 — the raid, its political backdrop, and the exquisite and poignant beauty of Paris during wartime are brought to stirring life in this modern French classic.
Director Rose Bosch
Countries of Production France-Germany-Hungary
Year of Presentation 2010
Language(s) French, German, Yiddish with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 125 minutes
Principal Cast Jean Reno, Mélanie Laurent, Gad Elmaleh
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