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Fugitive Pieces

Fugitive Pieces

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Nostalgic, deeply felt, and refreshingly astute, Fugitive Pieces is something of a rare bird these days—a big-budget, transnational historical drama that actually justifies its scope and subject matter with more than visual opulence. On the surface, it looks like the kind of mainstream art-house fare that marries historical romance with a superficial exoticism; with its meandering sense of space and time and its rich sensual engagement, Anne Michaels’s novel has drawn comparisons to Ondaatje’s The English Patient, and similarly Podeswa’s adaptation will draw comparisons to Minghella’s film. But what might have been an overly sentimental romance for uptown crowds is saved by its clear intelligence and its readiness to tackle the history and representation of the Holocaust in ways that are not at all facile.

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