Docudrama | English | 94 minutes
France was occupied by the Germans during most of World War II. Teen-aged Fanny and other Jewish children were sent by their parents to live in the country with families who would protect them from the Nazis and the collaborationist Vichy government. A local priest turns them in and they must flee. They receive shelter with Madame Forman at her home in Italian-occupied southeastern France. When Mussolini is overthrown, the Germans take over and the children are again forced to flee. A compassionate farmer allows the children to hide on his farm. The Germans are searching for Jews throughout the area so once again, Fanny and her group must move on. Fanny realizes there is only one solution: to cross the border and find safety in neutral Switzerland.They succeed. Now they must find their parents, if they are still alive.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 95%
- St. Louis International Film Festival: Winner, Best Feature Film
- Atlanta Jewish Film Festival: Winner, Best Narrative Feature
- Hamburg Film Festival: Best Screenplay (Lola Doillon)
- Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival: Winner, Best Narrative Feature
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FANNY’S JOURNEY is a handsome, compelling period piece that deftly portrays events through the eyes of its young protagonists. The final moving scenes can’t help but provoke comparisons and discussions of what is now happening to immigrants at European borders.
In her film, FANNY’S JOURNEY, an adaptation of Fanny Ben-Ami’s memoirs, Lola Doillon (daughter of director Jacques Doillon) dramatizes Ben-Ami’s experiences with suspense and restraint, relying on a strong cast of young actors, especially the extraordinarily talented Souchaud as Fanny.
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