La Rafle (The Roundup)

7.12 h 5 min201213+
Starring Jean Reno and Melanie Laurent, Rose Bosch's La Rafle recounts the true story of the infamous Vel 'D'Hiv Roundup.
Rose Bosch
Jean RenoMelanie LaurentGad Elmaleh
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RussReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lest We Forget
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An extremely well produced film that accurately depicted the horrors of not just National Socialist tyranny but the ease with which French officials, police, and rulers at the time went along with the National Socialists. This film should serve as a stark reminder to everyone the importance of having an armed population The right to bear arms. If French people had a 2nd Amendment like the US has, history would have been quite different. It is one thing to bully and tyrannize a completely defenseless population. It is quite another to try that when the population is armed to the teeth. If the German socialists met a hail of bullets every time they tried putting women and children onto trains to take them to the gas chambers, sure, some of the citizenry would have been killed - but so would a goodly number of the National Socialists, and eventually they'd either have to give it up or face loosing thousands of troops themselves. The moral of this story - NEVER give up the ability to defend yourself and your family.
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Crazy SvenReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2017
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Vichy French Murderers, Traitors and Collaborators Exposed
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In this film, you will see the true story of the Vichy French collaborators and other Nazi sympathizers among the French, who were responsible for the meaningless deaths of tens of thousands of their own countrymen; men, women and children of the Jewish faith, all to appease their filthy Nazi "handlers". You will also see some of the French patriots and heroes who did what they could to stop the slaughter of innocents. It may be satisfying to know that many of the bloodthirsty gendarmes (French police) and other disgusting traitors in league with Nazi swine were either killed, sentenced to death, deported, imprisoned or given the status of Persona non Grata at the end of the war for treason and crimes against humanity. Over 6763 of these French war criminals were sentenced formally to death in court, while another several thousand were given swifter justice by enraged French citizens and killed by "mob rule". It is estimated that 9000-40,000 French Nazi collaborators, were killed between the last few years of the war and immediately following, during the wild vigilante purges and more legal purges via the court system. In that, there is a small amount of satisfaction.
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qajaqrReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Watching this film...
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... didn't change my life, but it did cause me to wonder how so many could allow so few to cause such pain. Was it because those ordinary citizens that lived in German occupied France had no weapons to counter La Rafle? Was it because some demagogue somewhere had decided some ethnic/religious/different group of people needed to be a target for nationalism and any disagreement brought the label of traitor? Was it because some had different shaped eyes and may be an 'internal threat' as was the case in America about the same time when tens of thousands watched neighbors being carted away to 'places of safety' and did nothing except take the belongings from the house after the arrest? What is in us that stands by and causes us to become accomplices to rampant unchallenged injustices? Fear of the authorities? Fear of being accused of complicity by the mean-spirited? It's bad enough when it is happening to someone else, but how could any man stand still for such treatment of his own family and be able to live with himself? How can we stand silently and watch as other humans are stripped first of their possessions, then their freedom, then their loved ones and finally carted away, some to certain death? then look ourselves in the mirror to admire what fine specimens of humanity we are, well-fed and about to slip into a clean, warm bed.
The Vichy round up was not the first nor will it be the last round up. One may come to a neighborhood near you. But when it does, hope it is not you nor yours. Those neighbors you think are as close as family that you trade weekends grilling by the pool..? they'll likely gather the children and turn to go inside as you and your children are taken away.
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For DanzpertReviewed in the United States on May 27, 2019
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Film should never have been made
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If you are going to claim to portray these historical events accurately, then portray them accurately. Otherwise, don't bother. Consider what happened in the Velodrome D'Hiver roundup. Thousands of people taken from their homes to a sweltering facility for 5 days, with no toilets, no bathing facilities, basically no food and almost no water. Basically no change of clothing, no diapers for the childrten. Witnesses have said that the stink spread for blocks if not miles, and that was on the outside. These people had their dignity stripped from them in a matter of days. In this film, it's just an inconvenience - just sitting around until the firemen came, no one actually dies. For all the horrors this film does portray, it is just not enough. I really think it feeds into the arguments of deniers that say it wasn't all that bad. Polanski gets it right in The Pianist - but this film does not.
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Isis McReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sad to know or remember but it must, so it does not happen ever again
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The entire II WW is the saddest chapter in our modern history. A painful memory that we prefer not to recall, but we must honor all the lost lives during this cruel episode, and this film is a perfect way to understand why.
1942, Vichy France experienced in a very short period of time the horrors of thousands of Jewish being taken from their homes, sent to a temporary compound and quickly transported to Poland. They did not even have the opportunity to think what their fate could be. Sadly, the French local government followed the demands of the Nazi and helped them to carry thousands of men, women of all ages and their young children.
This film magnificently crafted the experience of the victims, the people that tried to help them and the Nazi collaborators.
This realization easily fits among the top best II WW movies. Every detail delivered with utmost attention. Principal characters threw a performance to be noted and remembered, including the many children that will captivate your heart.
The cadence of this film is powerful enough to carry you through the length of the film regardless of what you know is coming and you wish you would never have to see. Be prepared, have some tissues handy because you will be moved, touched and torn a little. However, it is worth it because clearly, everyone involved in the making of this great film poured their entire soul to make it as real as the fact of 1942.
This should never happen again, and I hope that this coming 76th anniversary of the start of the II WW with the invasion to Poland, the entire world stops for 3 minutes in remembrance of this tragic event and the 50 million loss of lives.
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Gary W. PhelpsReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2014
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La Rafle (The Roundup)
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I find it very difficult to provide the right vocabulary to give adulation to this magnificent DVD Movie and the producer Rose Bosch. I had relatives in the U.S. Army during World War II who served in France, mentioned the roundups during the Summer of 1942. For the first time, as a former USAF Officer, completely I understand what took place during the Summer of 1942. Here is a film that portrays the true events of rounding up the Jews which left me completely transfixed in a constant state of futility, relief and astonishment. How, could people do this? How could people round up 4,051 Jewish children, put them on trains which had only the destination for their final extinction. This included 13,000 men and women who were deported to Nazi German Concentration camps; only 25 survived. 13,000 Jews were rounded up in Paris to be held for several days in the Velodrome d'Hiver stadium with little food or water; then transferred to internment camps outside of Paris, and finally to Auschwitz - where they disappeared - only 25 returned. Jean Reno's performance as the Jewish Doctor is completely flawless and engrossing. Melanie Laurent's role as a Nurse who made several futile attempts to save Jewish children was superlative and outstanding. In the cast, there is a young boy ca. 12 or 13 years old by the name of Hugo Leverdez who played the role of "Jo" or Joseph Weisman that was career-defining ,
emotionally astute and undeniably powerful. Hugo is a genius by his truthful representation for the annihilation of the lives of 4,051 Jewish children while a few escaped the trains. The French were aware the Vichy and the Germans aimed to round up 24,000
Jews. Nevertheless Parisians - which included Protestant Ministers and Catholic Priests - hid 10,000 Jewish men, women and children. There the additional altruistic historic feature will be revealed that resulted in making this film so powerful about the
bad and the good. There were French citizens who refused to succumb to the roundups and an epic true story in a DVD film to honor them has been long overdue. Upon conclusion of viewing this film, I have an entirely different and positive regard for the
French and France during World War II. Finally, it is essential that we Christians, the Jews and others in the West, must be
united in upholding the Natural Law, especially the Nuremberg Code of 1947 which are inherent messages in this film. The producer Rose Bosch and others have put this film which is one of a kind, and of value sine qua none in a DVD collection.
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Me2Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Painful to watch, but a must.....
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I can add little to already outstanding comments and reviews. I sit here with wet eyes as this story came to an end.
What horror, what abject sadness, cruelty..... unimaginable, but portrayed here as realistically as could ever be for a movie.
To contemplate the reality of whaat our Jewish brethren endured is too much to bear; how could these perpetrators go to the depths of depravity to participate in such horror? I can understand Hitler's evilness better than those who actually carried out the monstrous actions against men, women, and children. Hitler was removed from seeing his diabolical plans in real-time action; But his henchmen were the boots on the ground seeing and doing unspeakable acts of cruelty. Hitler sat in his ivory tower away from the carnage; of course he "knew" but he knew an antiseptic version of what was going on.... kind of like "in theory" but not in real life.
To convince humans to completely lose any moral compass, and guardrails, and feelings, any compassion, and commit such violence is beyond me. That's part of the danger of such a devil as Hitler; but the ones implementing that called-for violence are a special category of evil themselves.
This was quite hard to see, but it should be required in high school & college classes.
Totalitarian regimes still thrive, and are allowed to be part of the world's community in such organizations as the United Nations. How can free nations consort with such nations?? Haven't we learned from history?
The actors were brilliant.... all the way from the adults to the smallest child. They pulled me in to every scene so that I was emotional invested. Thank you to all who made this movie possible!
Paulina SReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very powerful despite its flaws
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The brutal round up of 13,000 Parisian Jews (almost a third of them children) is skillfully conveyed in this flawed but powerful film.

The story focuses on a handful of emigres who believe France will offer them the safety Poland never did and the devoted Protestant nurse who comes to deeply love the little ones left in her care.

The performances of these key players are all excellent, with the children every bit as convincing as the adults.
Great attention to period detail, as well as the constants of the concentration camp--buzzing flies, hacking coughs, chaos even in the corners--helps to convey the sense of entrapment and terror.

As other reviewers have noted, the insertion of Hitler and other historical figures is not as successful. While the contrast between the luxury of the amoral leaders and the people suffering under their regime is strong, it's also jolting and takes away from the coherence of the other scenes.

Also, the soundtrack was too obvious, too distracting. Playing "Ase's Death" from Peer Gynt while prisoners are herded towards cattle cars actually makes the tragedy less felt. Having no soundtrack would have worked much more effectively and conveyed the horror of that moment more than any musical accompaniment.

Some reviewers have rightly noted that "La Rafle" does not capture just how hellish the 5 days in the stadium/prison were. However, I thought it shared just enough to give some sense of the cruelty and misery the captives experienced there, as well as showing the actions of the brave fire captain and his crew.

(And, in all fairness, Spiellberg's brilliant "Schindler's List" wasn't able to fully depict the horrors of the ghetto or Auschwitz either).

All in all, though, "La Rafle" is an important, evocative reminder of the past--as well as a call to stand up against prejudice now.
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