Resistance Movie Review: It Is Just The Sunny Motivational Nudge We Need
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Resistance Movie Review: It Is Just The Sunny Motivational Nudge We Need

Resistance Movie Review: Resistance is the true-life story of French mime artiste Marcel Marceau who aided the safe passage of thousands of Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Poland.

  • Movie Name Resistance
  • Director Jonathan Jakubowicz
  • Actor Jesse Eisenberg, Clemence Poesy,Matthias Schweighöfer

Rating: *** ½ (3 and a half stars)

For the most part, this heart-in-the-butter-won’t-melt-in-the-mouth anti-Nazi survival drama about very  unsafe Jew children, plays it safe. The  screenplay, the drama and suspense (made to make us slither to the edge of our seats) are tailored to tick off the entertainment-with-a-massage boxes.

This  is  not to say that Resistance is not irresistible. I just couldn’t take my eyes off from the most uplifting and guileless drama on humanism at the time of abject cruelty (how time flies!) since Life Is Beautiful.This is an unabashed weepy where  sequences are  designed to make you forget your  own confinement when  you see little children holed  away to escape sure-death.

More than a story of survival, Resistance is the true-life story of French mime artiste Marcel Marceau who aided the safe passage of  thousands  of Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Poland. It is a story that was aching to be told. Writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz is childlike in his eagerness to share this amazingly inspiring saga of  a man who  taught us that art and life are not far removed  from one another.

As played by Jesse Eisenberg who made a ‘Mark’ in The Social Network, Marceau is a childlike  fantasy weaver. When he  makes those  traumatized  children laugh and smile I felt he was giving civilization the most precious gift for living. Understandably the scenes featuring Eisenberg’s Marceau with the  children  are the most precious and cherishable.

The kids are heartbreaking in their vulnerability. The camera (done by M.I. Littin-Menz) looks at  the  children with heart-melting compassion. But I feel the director, so sensitive to the sounds of vulnerable hearts, is way too taken up with whipping up an adventure story in the second-half with Marceau and  the kids running to safety across the border to Switzerland while being chased by an evil Nazi general(Matthias Schweighöfer) .

There  is one specially  awkward  suspense in a train sequence where the effort to  make the audience  tense is strenuously selfconscious.And  the  torture  and murder of Jews in an empty swimmingpool  suggests  a sequel: The Haunted Swimmingpool, perhaps?

Perhaps consciously, Resistance sacrifices subtlety and understatement for  broad-stroked  melodrama. And that is  not  such  bad thing, as  long as the end-product talks and sings to us  about the importance of  humanism during times of  savage cruelty.

At one point a 14-year girl who has seen her parents being murdered by Nazis says, “It is the dead we  grieve about when we should actually be sorry for the living.”

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