The Flat

The Flat

DVD - 2013
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In this autobiographical documentary The Flat, filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger travels to Tel Aviv to clean out the apartment of his recently-deceased German-born Jewish grandmother. Goldfinger begins an unsettling journey into his family's history and discovers that knowing the truth can be a terrible burden. Both arresting and heartbreaking, The Flat is a real-life suspense story about how the past can return to haunt the present.
Publisher: New York : MPI Media Group, [2013]
Copyright Date: ♭2013
ISBN: 9780788616433
0788616439
Branch Call Number: DVD 943.00492 F616 2013
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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eliasmerkins
Dec 29, 2014

I liked this movie as it really reflects not only on the surprises that life present us when a loved one dies, but a clear example on how, sometimes, looking into the loved's ones belongings one can find incredible secrets.

harrybrowne Aug 23, 2014

A fascinating, bizarre, powerful true story.

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AQUILEA777
Jul 11, 2014

Tediously drawn out, subjective and sentimental. Only a few minutes of worthwhile information. Protagonist thought good German Jews shunned former Nazi friends. He is chagrined to learn his grandparents did not. He was also strangely unaware that Nazi's and Zionists collaborated in the 1930's, and is shocked by this discovery. The film repeats the myth of murders at Theresienstadt, the model ghetto.

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altwein1950
Oct 24, 2013

Although not perfect 'The Flat' is hugely worth seeing. My parents lived in Palestine too (but only till 1948), were once Jewish and from Germany but they left just prior to the creation of Israel. That said this doc was fascinating and compelling ride. As i am also preparing a memoir of family life for my daughter, the sleuthing and discoveries on the part of family members in this film was totally fascinating. This is a nuanced examination of parents lives revealing multiple facets, inexplicable contradictions and asking for forgiveness. Worth waiting for this!!!

voisjoe1 Sep 07, 2013

An Israeli filmmaker cleans out his German grandmother’s apartment after her death and finds that she had connections to both the concentration camps and Nazi exterminators. The filmmaker visits various locations in Germany and interviews descendents of both Nazis and Nazi victims to put the story together about what happened to his grandmother and others during that period. We learn about the reluctance of some descendents that wish to not think about their ancestors because of either guilt feelings or pain. A great documentary to help refute Holocaust deniers and to explore the feelings of Germans today.

btmslt May 24, 2013

A mixture of interesting and not so interesting. This film took a while to get into but there is some interesting history here.

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BlueMoonGirl
Apr 27, 2013

Fascinating history lesson. Questions only bring more questions with few opportunities for complete closure. Still it's amazing what could be discovered.

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altwein1950
Oct 24, 2013

altwein1950 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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