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The Flat (2011)

Director: Arnon Goldfinger
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: IFC Films
Genre: Documentary, Foreign, Biographies, Political & Social Issues
Running Time: 98 min.
Languages: German
Subtitles: English

In the gripping autobiographical documentary THE FLAT, filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger travels to Tel Aviv to clean out the apartment of his recently deceased German-born Jewish grandmother. While going through her belongings, Goldfinger finds evidence suggesting that she and her husband were good friends with Leopold von Mildenstein, a leading official in the Nazi propaganda ministry and remained friends with him following World War II. Disturbed that his grandparents could have continued a close relationship with an influential Nazi after the Holocaust, Goldfinger begins an unsettling journey into his family s history, visiting a peaceful town in Germany to interview von Mildenstein s elderly daughter about what really went on with their ancestors 75 years earlier and discovers that knowing the truth can be a terrible burden. Both arresting and heartbreaking, THE FLAT is a real-life suspense story about how the past can return to haunt the present.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Flashes of Interest by stevendj February 20, 2013 - 7:46 PM PST
The filmmaker obviously wasn't expecting his home movie to turn into an exciting story, but when he made startling discoveries of his grandmother's involvement with Nazis, he decided to follow the story and see where it went. Unfortunately, when you don't know where a story is going, there's no guarantee it'll even be a story, and what could've been a really good short ends up being somewhat overlong and ultimately a bit disappointing.

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