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Family Movie Review: No Place on Earth (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 83 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 13+. The movie is about the trauma and violence of the Holocaust, so there are some images that harken back to that event. In general, the themes are more appropriate for younger teenagers and above.

‘No Place on Earth’ is a documentary with an extremely compelling story to tell—of World War II survivors who found shelter in an isolated cave in Ukraine. But its excessive use of reenactments and frustrating tendency to jump from real-life interviews to those dramatic fictionalizations cheapen this story about survival.

By Roxana Hadadi

Every new revelation about the Holocaust serves a purpose, as depressing and shocking it may be. The story recounted in “No Place on Earth,” about various Jewish families who hid in caves in present-day Ukraine for more than 500 days during World War II, is no exception; it’s sobering to think of the horrible ways people treat each other, and the lengths we’ll go to for survival. But director Janet Tobias undermines the story at practically every turn, using dramatic reenactments, numerous narrators, and a confusing structure; she does this awe-inspiring tale a major disservice.

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