Directed by Fred Cavayé (France, 2021, 116 min.). French with English subtitles. New England Premiere.
Paris, 1941: Joseph Haffmann (Daniel Auteuil, Jean de Florette, Caché), a Jewish jeweler, helps his family flee the city, with plans to immediately follow them. In haste, Joseph offers his employee François (Gilles Lellouche, Tell No One) the deed to his store and apartment above it, with the promise that ownership will revert to him once the war ends. When Haffmann can’t escape, he goes to his former employee and his wife Blanche (Sara Giraudeau, The Bureau) in search of protection. Tensions rise as the three live in fear of being discovered by the Nazi occupiers. This gripping, morally complex thriller about greed, survival, and courage is replete with Faustian bargains and surprisingly dramatic plot turns.
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the 2022 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.