At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared for decades since immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s…
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The most striking thing is how disarming it is. Starts out as a pretty cutesy nostalgia trip, and then it starts to give way, slowly, along with how one views the family. I also find it interesting how it exposes some gray areas, yet doesn't exactly solve them, despite Arnon's heartfelt efforts to do so.
As it unfolds a historical complexity is revealed like reverse origami. I do feel it was incredibly wrong for Goldfinger to force new knowledge upon von Mildenstein's aged daughter, and though I get his truthseeking, it was also unfair of him to be so dismayed by his mother not sharing in his reactions. They themselves said their generation didn't have the luxury we do of temporal distance from the war's trauma. 3.5
A wonderful documentary with multilayered concerns; denial, grief, shame, truth. I found it engaging. I think Goldfinger didn't set out to do what he did with this. But when he makes a rather interesting discovery about his grandmother and grandfather, it takes a turn.