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All My Loved Ones

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Matej Minac's heartbreaking and poignant story of one family's experience at the onset of World War II is inspired by the heroics of English stockbroker Nicholas Winton who saved hundreds of Czech Jewish children from the Nazis and is loosely based on his own mother's personal memories of the time.

Special Features

  • In Czech with English subtitles
  • Photo gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Rupert Graves, Josef Abrhám, Jirí Bartoska, Libuse Safránková, Hanna Dunowska
  • Directors: Matej Minac
  • Writers: Matej Minac, Jirí Hubac
  • Producers: Jirí Bartoska, Cestmír Kopecký, Cezary Pazura, Jerzy Kolasa, Martin Sulík
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Czech (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B0000E6EL3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All My Loved Ones" on IMDb

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Emmy M on January 27, 2004
Format: DVD
All My Loved Ones is the story of a young Czech boy named David Silberstein and his large 'family'. At the start of the movie, we meet David's family, such as his best friend Sosha. During the course of the movie, we see how, little by little, the nazis begin to take control of the Jews life, starting with small things such as cars, and working up to David's father's (Dr. Silberstein) job. At long last, The Silbersteins make a last attempt to save David by putting him up for adoption in Great Britain, thanks to English stockbroker Nicholas Winton, who saved hundreds of children through this method.
This movie is very historically accurate, and is also a very good story.
But, I must warn you, be ready to cry your heart out!!!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on December 20, 2006
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This film opens and closes with footage from a Czech news program in 1998, talking about Righteous Gentile Nicholas Winton, who saved 669 children from the Nazis in the late Thirties, and reuniting him with some of those very children he saved, who are now old. He would have saved even more than that had WWII not broken out in September of 1939, as he had had plenty of more names of children to be saved and transported to safety on his lists. However, to save these children, Mr. Winton had to convince their parents to do the unthinkable, to say goodbye to them and send them away on a train alone, to a strange new country (England), where they didn't speak the language, didn't know anybody, and would be taken into the homes of strange families they had never met. One of those 669 children was David Silberstein, whom we meet in this film. His parents, Jakub and Irma, have a comfortable, rather privileged life (his father is a doctor, after all), and a big happy family. David's other loved ones include his older sister Hedvica, who is always going to the movies to make out with her boyfriend (later husband) Robert, who works as a projectionist, his uncle Leo, who is a cantor, his uncle Sam, who is a successful violinist, his uncle Max, who is somewhat of an itinerant wanderer, rather like a Gypsy, and his best friend Sosha Klein, his childhood sweetheart (a rather cute little girl). Like most families in Europe at the time, the Silbersteins too think that what's happening in Nazi Germany won't happen in a civilised place like Czechoslovakia, even after the Germans invade their homeland and gradually start making life harder for them. However, since this film takes place entirely in the late Thirties, and is told through the eyes of a child, we never see anything very bad happening.Read more ›
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2005
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Writer Jirí Hubac and Director Matej Minac have created a fine and very different approach to the Holocaust stories of WW II - its insidious origins and relentless destruction of a beautiful Czech family - in the film 'Vsichni moji blízcí' ('All My Loved Ones'). Though the subject matter has been treated in countless films, this relating of the story of a large, happy, well adjusted family in Prague and its gradual disintegration does not dwell on atrocities of the camps but instead slowly unwinds the story of how Hitler's masterplan overtook and crushed so many innocent people.

The Silbersteins include a physician and his wife and son, a brother who is a gypsy of sorts, another brother who is a concert violinist and falls in love with a non-Jew, accepted by his family but eventually rejected by her and her family because of the pogrom, and all manner of extended family circling in the warmth of the good life in 1939. Very gradually the Nazis take over the Czech borders, not really heeded by the Silbersteins ('no one could be as mad as Hitler may seem') and gradually the evacuation and genocide of the Jews begins. Dr Silberstein is introduced to an American Nicholas Winton (Rupert Graves) who has come to Prague to save the children by providing them safe transport to America. The Silbersteins reluctantly release their son when they see that is his only hope for survival: the remainder of the family's future is doomed. The rest of the film deals primarily with the homage to Winton, showing the real man and the many of the 600 children he rescued. It is deeply moving.

The color and camera work is elegant and very much in keeping with the film's emphasis on the dignity of the Silberstein family.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Milan Burian on September 14, 2005
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The film's staccato rhythm as it jumps between different characters and their stories is frustrating, and its techniques (e.g., slow motion to suggest emotional weight) are sometimes dated. But it offers a glimpse of the Solomonic decision facing Jewish parents in those turbulent times: to save their children and yet to lose them. And it traces a sustained and moving portrait of the worldly Sam, whose despair as the society he embraced abandons him is both clear-eyed and devastating.
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All My Loved Ones is an unusual Holocaust movie in that it doesn't really focus so much on the horrors that Nazism wrought in the lives of the Jews in occupied Prague, rather centers on an ordinary Jewsih family, the Silbersteins, and how they led a rather normal existence before the horrors of Nazi occupation began to be felt.

The story centers on young David Silberstein who enjoys an idyllic childhood in 1939 Prague with his best friend Shosha. David enjoys being the doted only son of his parents, a doctor, and a housewife. He has a sister and four uncles, Sam, a renowned violinist, Max, a religious Jew, another uncle who leads a gypsy-like existence, and lastly, the inventor. He also has two loving grandparents. Life seems pretty normal until the Nazis under Adolf Hitler begin their territorial expansion [the Anschluss, taking over the Sudetenland, and eventually invading Czechoslovakia].

Things change very rapidly for the Silbersteins - David's father can no longer treat patients with insurance, and Sam the violinist loses not only his job but also his Aryan fiancee, and a chance meeting between Sam and a Briton Nicholas Winton, helps save David's life.

Though the story of Nicholas Winton occurs towards the end of this movie, it is very significant for it shows how one individual with foresight was able to mobilise the rescue of about 669 mostly Jewish Czech children from almost certain death in a Czech version of the Kindertransport.

An earlier reviewer mentioned that there wasn't any information given about the fate of David Silberstein's family. From my viewing of the movie, it is hinted right at the end of the movie.

Besides this movie, there is also a documentary The Power of Good: Nicholas Winton (Síla lidskosti) that deals with his rescue efforts. It goes to show that any individual with his heart in the right place will be able to make a difference for the sake of good.
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