30. Watch 101 new movies (10/101) (more info)
My parents had me and Shane over for pizza tonight and we watched Defiance. The film opens with on-screen text stating: “A true story”. It is August 1941 and Nazi forces are sweeping through Eastern Europe, targeting Jewish people. Among the survivors not killed or restricted to ghettoes are the Bielski brothers: Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber), Asael (Jamie Bell), and Aron (George MacKay). Their parents are dead, slain by the local police under orders from the occupying Germans. The brothers flee to the forest, vowing to avenge their parents. They encounter other Jewish escapees hiding in the forest and the brothers take them under their protection and leadership. Over the next year, they shelter a growing number of refugees, raiding local farms for food and supplies, moving their camp whenever they are discovered by the Germans. I don’t want to give the whole story away but the descendants of the people they saved now number in the tens of thousands. The movie was filmed in three months in Lithuania, just across the border from Belarus. They felt the shooting locations, between 150 and 200 kilometers from the actual sites, lent authenticity; some local extras were descended from families that had been rescued by the group. We all really liked the movie and I’m thinking about adding the book to my to-read list. It’s a long movie, but I highly recommend it.