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Fugitive Places

An Aegean tear-jerker
By ADAM WINOGRAD  |  May 7, 2008
2.5 2.5 Stars
Fugitive Pieces

Director Jeremy Podeswa, who’s guest-directed almost every great show on television, takes a stab at adapting Anne Michael’s Holocaust novel about Jakob Beer (Stephen Dillane), a Polish man racked by guilt over having been being rescued from the Nazis by a Greek archæologist (Serbian actor and director Rade Serbedzija). Having spent the war on holiday on a beautiful Greek isle and then enjoyed an affluent adulthood in Canada, Jakob gets all emo and tries to sift through his memories so that he can, yep, write a memoir. Albeit a fresh concept for the genre, Podeswa’s adaptation is so glossy and polished — the actors too good-looking, the cinematography too breathtaking, the stoic narration too majestic — that the menace of the Holocaust dissolves. The whole affair is disturbingly . . . Canadian, and yet this sentimental creature works its way so thoroughly under your skin that by the end your tears could fill the Aegean. 104 minutes | Harvard Square + West Newton
  Topics: Reviews , Stephen Dillane
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