6.42 h 1 min2020R
Famed mime Marcel Marceau (Jesse Eisenberg) joins the French Resistance after witnessing the violence of the Nazi regime. Using his skills as a performer, Marceau helps transport children orphaned by the Holocaust to safety. Based on a true story.
Jonathan Jakubowicz
Jesse EisenbergClémence PoésyMatthias Schweighöfer
DramaArts, Entertainment, and Culture
English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Bella Ramsey
Jonathan JakubowiczClaudine JakubowiczDan MaagThorsten SchumacherCarlos García de ParedesPatrick ZorerStephanie Schettler-KöhlerMatthias SchweighöferMarco BeckmannLars Sylvest
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4.5 out of 5 stars

3179 global ratings

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RReviewed in the United States on March 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best film of many years!
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Was amazed that a film has appeared about our cousin about those treks into Switzerland saving Jewish orphans under the guise of everyone being in the boy/girl scouts. The gist of this biographical film is accurate, even if there were a few "movie touches." Another cousin who was involved with Marcel & Alain in saving these orphans, was the mother of Yardena Finebaum (Arazi), a well-known Israeli singer. We were with her mother at a large family gathering organized by Stanley Batkin z"l, years ago.
This film shows how Jewish children were saved from the Holocaust with profound love & courage by older Jewish youth, with beautiful scenes, harrowing events, & memorable acting by famous actors. Praise to this film-maker who shows how rescuing children in genocidal danger is done. May others follow in his footsteps.
75 people found this helpful
Makonnen B.Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Critics are wrong! My new favorite film.
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To all the critics who rated this movie poorly, I doubt there’s a compassionate bone in your body when it comes to the intimacy of filmography as such. I have to say I cried a dozen times during this film due the absolutely magnificent beauty displayed throughout the film. Such a heart wrenching story about love, hope, and human kindness. One of the best films of the year no doubt!
54 people found this helpful
M ErwinReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie. Moving.
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This is a great movie! My wife and I enjoyed and were moved by this film. The actors, adults and kids alike are phenomenal. Jessie Eisenberg deserves special mention, he's really a wonderful talent and so impressive too was his mastery of mime in the representation of Marcel Marceau. It's amazing, and I feel for the producers of this film, that a theatrical release was prevented by the coronavirus crises. I certainly hope this movie receives Academy Award nominations to enable it to be seen (and importantly for the producers) purchased for viewing. This is classic movie making which deserves a broad audience. Well done!
34 people found this helpful
Devin MunceReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2020
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If it can happen in France, it can happen anywhere. This was a journey into the realities that faced the souls who lived through world war 2, and it was the best I have seen to date. So much intensity and depth. I was gripped as I have seldom ever been through some of the scenes in this film. Masterfully done on every level. This one should, but I know it never will, win every award available.
31 people found this helpful
Flash GReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The nation of Israel lives.
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This was a great movie depicting heroic Jews illuminating the sanctity of life. While the Germans tried to tear the reason to live from us-they instead lit a flame in the hearts of our nation to bring Jews back to our homeland-sparking the Baal Teshuva movement where millions of previously unaffiliated Jews are loving living and learning the laws of the Torah. Not many Nazi's left-while the Jews thrive. Jews are chosen to be a light unto the nation.

In every generation our enemies rise up to destroy us. They perish and our nation lives and thrives-not as victims but as victors. Am Yisrael Chai. Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeynu Hashem Echad!!
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Chrystal HobartReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The legacy lives on, in life and in art.
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As second generation Marceauian students (taught by graduates from his school), my husband and I applaud this film for the art and history of such a wonderful man. I remember doing book reports on Mr. Marceau's early life, never thinking I would have the honor of meeting him twice in my life. His heroics and selflessness, during WW2 have allowed future generations to study his art, but more survive and thrive. Mime has always captivated audiences, even when people don't know what to call it. It's so much more than being "trapped in an invisible box". Mr. Marceau knew how to pull you into the story, to make the invisible visible, and to make you forget, just for a moment, the real world around you. I think that's what made his moment in history so important for the children he saved. Bravo!
21 people found this helpful
JoyceReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Marcel Marceau real Story ....
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The movie shows the will to survive overcomes evil and hate !!! Incredible true story of innocent children, the bravery of innocent human beings and the Evil Nazi Terror .....must see..
23 people found this helpful
MeadowlarkReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie! Eisenberg's accent takes me out of it a bit, though.
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Really great movie about Marcel Marceau, one of the greatest mimes ever, and how he rescued Jewish orphans with the French resistance during the Holocaust. It's a good movie--it gets kind of choppy in the middle when they focus less on the children and more on the resistance side of things (appropriate for a movie entitled "Resistance"). It's heartbreaking at parts, funny at other parts. Eisenberg's accent, however, takes me out of the movie a bit. His accent doesn't sound very French--it just sounds like an accent. Still, I recommend it! Great movie!
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