A work of monumental importance. Twenty-eight years after SHOAH and fifty-eight after NIGHT AND FOG, the psychokinetic energy of atrocity still is so very much potent. And to those whose understanding only comes from history books or faint whispers, the confrontation elicits a new paradigm. The ghost of Guillaume is channeled by these individuals, a past very much alive and present. A reminder, a warning.
I like the combination of collective approach and thoughtful personal response to Auschwitz; genuine emotion alongside calm, restrained film-making. Not grandiose statements, but quiet reflections, and meanings that seep in; juxtapositions, the horror, the passage of time, the grasses and nature, ongoing wars, tourism, the very different train journey now... I was reminded of Yeats' terrible beauty is born.