if your looking for a war film then dont bother. If your looking for a part fiction part fact treatment of the massacre and destruction of Lidice then this is for you.
This is the story, well interwoven of the daily life and experiances of the people of the village of Lidice, from 1938 to 1945. the first hour deals with family strife, the german invasion, love, forgiveness and just getting on with thier lives. Now the second half of the film gives you the juxtoposition of how normalish ( I would say normal but its world war 2) life can be destroyed very quickly and through no fault of your own. the whole town becomes the target of the nazis as revenge for somthing they have nothing to do with.
Lidice was litteraly wiped from the map by the nazis as a reprisal for the killing of Reinhard Heydrich ( deputy leader of the SS) . and I really do mean wiped, nothing was left, no houses, nothing. all the men shot, women sent to labour camps, and the children ( those not sent to be adopted by german families) were gassed.
All aspects of this film and its story are treated with fairness, reality, and alot of subtlty. I found it engaging and interesting and cared what happens to the characters in the end. Having previous knowledge of the massacre at Lidice it was part of what drew me to teh film, and usually these types of films tend to be a let down but I felt it was great piece of story telling and the 2 hours soon went by without me noticing the time.
5 stars, interesting, enjoyable, sometimes funny, and a delicate treatment of a sad piece of history
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