2016 Houston Jewish Film Festival: A La Vie (To Life)
Visually stunning and beautifully acted, this film tells the story of three women, Auschwitz survivors, who meet again in 1962 at a seaside resort in France.
Helene (Julie Depardieu), organizer of the reunion, is trying to get back to normal and has married her childhood crush. Lily, Helene’s fellow kitchen worker, arrives at the resort with Rose, whom Helene thought had died.
Painting a clear portrait of three very different women, filmmaker Jean-Jacques Zilbermann focuses not only on what unites them but also on what separates them.
Directed by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann, France, 2014, 104 min. French with English subtitles. Houston Premiere. Drama.