Rent Across the Waters (2016)

3.2 of 5 from 63 ratings
1h 31min
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Synopsis:
It's 1943, and rumours are circulating that the Germans plan to deport the entire population of Danish Jews. Jazz musician Arne Itkin (David Dencik) decides to flee the country with his wife (Danica Curcic) and five year-old son. But who can they trust in their darkest hour with the Gestapo and their Danish collaborators hot on their heels? From 'Brotherhood' director, Nicolo Donato, comes a thrilling drama inspired by his grandfather's experience in World War Two.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Peter Bech, Tristan Lynch, Aoife O'Sullivan
Writers:
Per Daumiller, Nicolo Donato
Aka:
Fuglene over sundet
Studio:
StudioCanal
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama
Countries:
Denmark
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/04/2017
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
Danish
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour

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The synopsis of this movie fails to do it justice - Across the Waters review by DF

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06/12/2017

In my opinion the synopsis of this movie fails to do it justice. Cliché type comments such as 'thrilling drama', 'darkest hour' and 'hot on their heels' cheapen a movie that has more serious intent. Across the Water is a very good movie with an excellent cast (especially Danica Curcic) who do not overplay their characters in this disturbing story. World War 2 movies, or any war movies, often tend to build up 'heroes and villains' in a two dimensional way serving 'drama' and, dare I say, 'entertainment'. Across the Water sensitively portrays what happened to the Danish Jewish population when, after a period of toleration, the Nazis decided to begin persecution. The movie is not afraid to show that some Danes could either be opportunist mercenaries or Nazi collaborators. At the very end of the movie a note in the finishing titles tells us that 95% of the Danish Jewish population were successfully smuggled out of Denmark to safety. That was with the humanitarian assistance of Danish people. For me, the significance of this movie is not only the tragic story of Jewish persecution during WW2 but also bringing forward a reminder of how ethnic persecution continues to this very day right across the world. Refugees fleeing persecution face continuous suffering be it from mercenary gangsters or a politics and media which for whatever reason demonises and robs refugees of identity. The movie has some harrowing scenes; the separation of the fleeing family in the forest and the casual violence of the Nazis. The movie asks serious questions about ethnic persecution and its toleration. Across the Water is perhaps not a movie for entertainment but for me it is certainly a movie that I will remember. Highly recommended.

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