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ÉLISE OTZENBERGER: MY POLISH HONEYMOON/LUNE DE MIEL (2018) - SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL CAPSULE

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ARTHUR IGUAL AND JUDITH CHEMLA IN MY POLISH HONEYMOON

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Anna and Adam arae a young Parisian couple of Polish Jewish origin. They go to visit Poland for the first time. They's veen invited to a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the destruction n of the Jewish community of the village where Adam's grandfather was born. If Adam isn't very sold on this trip, Anna very excited about discovering a place that's also where her grandmother comes from - at least from the little that she knows.

Off they go in search of their origins on a trip full of surprises, during which they don't find exactly what they come looking for. This film is marred by an imbalance of tone. This made me remember what made Benigni's Life Is Beautiful so hard to take: a light tone doesn't work for the Holocaust.

My Polish Honeymoon/Lune de miel, 88 mins., debuted at Angoulême Aug. 24, 2018, playing also at Arras, Rendez-vous du Cinéna francais, Paris, and Moscow. This French film opened in France June 12, 218, to so-so reviews (AlloCiné press rating: 3.0). Critics found the the tone uneven and mockery of the Polish in poor taste. Screened for this capsule as part of the SFJFF.
SFJFF showtimes:
Saturday July 20, 2019 6:10 p.m. CineArts
Tuesday July 23, 2019 8:55 p.m. Castro Theatre
Tuesday July 30, 2019 6:25 p.m. Albany Twin
Sunday August 4, 2019 11:45 a.m. Smith Rafael

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