Movie Screening at the Slovak Embassy in Berlin

Colette (2013) - A Tale of Love and Survival during WWII

May 11th, 2023
Charlotte Renaudat and Joana Sakaj, News from Berlin
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In the haunting and gripping film Colette, the director, Milan Cieslar takes us on an emotional journey through the depths of human resilience and the power of love amidst the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Based on the Arnošt Lustig book, A girl from Antwerp, a survivo, the film offers a unique perspective through the eyes of Vili Feld, a male lead character who shares his memories of the prison camp events while narrating the story of his secret love, Colette Cohen.

The film beautifully captures the sacrifices made by individuals in the midst of unspeakable suffering, as Vili abandons an easy job to be near the woman he loves. Their story unfolds against a backdrop of constant danger and heart-wrenching loss, blurring the line between good and evil. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the unwavering hope that love can provide even in the darkest of times.

The film cleverly draws parallels between the unfolding events in the concentration camp and a game of chess, where pawns are sacrificed in the pursuit of victory. The carefully crafted screenplay skillfully portrays the chess-like strategies employed by the prisoners to navigate their way through the camp. Survival becomes the ultimate goal, with lives hanging in the balance. This gripping narrative serves as a stark reminder of the lengths individuals will go to protect themselves and those they care about.

Colette is a poignant and thought-provoking film that captivates audiences with its portrayal of love and survival in the midst of one of history's darkest chapters. Through the lens of Vili Feld's memories, the film offers a glimpse into the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of love, all set against the backdrop of the Auschwitz concentration camp.


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