Friday, 25 February 2011

The Grey Zone - Review

It has taken me a while to write this review. Mainly because I have spent as much time as possible trying not to think about this movie. Not because it is a crap film. The exact opposite.

Based on the true story of the only inmate uprising staged at Auschwitz in 1944, this film makes Schindler's List look like a walk in the park. And that film made me weep.

The Grey Zone however left me numb. And outraged. And weeping. Nay. Sobbing.

The perfection and poignancy of this film are something that I have not experienced before. And it taught me more that I had been expecting. There are things that, in my reading, I have not come across. Or my brain had failed to piece together. How did the bodies get into the ovens, for example? This film tells all.

If this were not enough, then there is suspense. And palpable anxiety. However, through it all, there are the smallest glimmers of hope that shine.

If you want to see things for how they were, without all the polish and finesse that has been afforded to other movies of the same genre, then please, rent or buy this movie.

It needs to be seen so that we never forget that sometimes a glimmer of hope is all you need to try and make you think past the unthinkable.

A 9/10 from me!


  1. Dear LandGirl, loving both of your blogs! Just wanted to recommend you the graphic novel Maus:A Survivors Tale by Art Spiegelman. It won the Pulitzer price in 1992 (so far the only comic book/graphic novel to have been thus recognised.

    Quoting from Wikipedia, Maus is "a biography of the author's father, Vladek Spiegelman, a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor. It alternates between descriptions of Vladek's life in Poland before and during the Second World War and Vladek's later life in the Rego Park neighborhood of New York City. The work is a graphic narrative in which Jews are depicted as mice, while Germans are depicted as cats."

    While this may sound naff, it is so far the best book I have read this year.

    KR from Denmark, Sophie

  2. A friend's Dad was with one of the first squads of Allied soldiers who liberated the concentration camps. My friend told me that the horror of what his Dad saw stayed with him all his life and that he rarely talked about it.

  3. KR - thanks so much for commenting. Maus is on my long "to be read" list - but thank you for letting me know about it!

    VK - I don't think many people spoke about what they saw :(

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