There have been a huge number of movies about the holocaust, some of them good, some not so. Nina’s Journey uses it’s unique style to land firmly in the former category and does so without actually showing any concentration camps, much like Uprising it centres on the Warsaw Ghetto and focuses on a short period of Nina’s life, whilst rewarding us with brief details of her later life.
To say that Nina had someone watching over her would be an understatement, with the number of times this young girl escaped death at the hands of Nazi tyranny, she lead a truly remarkable life, all the more so when we here her say that she never regretted not staying in the US (when she had the chance to) just before the outbreak of German hostilities.
This is no Hollywood blockbuster, it’s a steady, well formed tale of survival, hope, loss and a life lived to it’s fullest potential, given the circumstances. The acting is good, and the locations well thought out. Being a Polish movie it is of course subtitled, but as anyone who has given a foreign movie a change will tell you, subtitles really don’t get in the way of a great story.’
All in all, Nina’s Journey is a thoughtful, well presented movie that will leave you rewarded for having watched it.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: M – Content May Disturb.
Duration: 120 mins.
Director: Lena Einhorn.
Actors: Agnieszka Grochowska, Andrzej Brzeski, Pawel Iwanicki, Maria Chwalibóg.
Release Date: Available now.