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  • Actors: Joseph Fiennes
  • Directors: Uri Barbash
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030ZIZT0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spring 1941 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Successful doctor Artur Planck (Joseph Fiennes), his wife Clara (Neve McIntosh) and their two daughters are seeking shelter from the Nazis storming Poland. They find a safe house in the farm of Emilia (Kelly Harrison), their local grocer who is all alone after her husband fought for his country and never returned. Amidst the horrors of the war that surrounds them, an impossible love triangle erupts as Emelia uncontrollably falls in love with Artur. Such a fragile arrangement is sustained by love - or is it just the will to survive? The answer to that question may not even be made known to those who make it out alive

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The sets and characters are very believable.
kone
There's always the good and bad in people and I felt the movie struck a good balance here in the portrayal of the Poles.
Z Hayes
She looked like a cavewomen and I thought about the poor family's being victimized by the Nazi and the cavewoman.
Schaeffer

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2010
Format: DVD
Having watched numerous Holocaust-themed dramas, I was surprised to find this new title pop up on a movie rental website I subscribe to. Though many movies have been made on the subject, I find myself learning something new from each movie. "Spring 1941" or "Aviv 41" is directed by Israeli film director, Uri Barbash, based on stories written by Polish Jewish author Ida Fink who had survived the Holocaust using Aryan papers. Though one can tell the movie is not a big budget production, I was impressed by the credible performances by the lead actors.

The story is set in Poland in 1941 as the Nazis take over Poland and almost immediately begin suppressing the Jewish population. Caught in this dangerous web is a young Jewish doctor, Artur Planck (Joseph Fiennes), his cellist wife, Clara (Clare Higgins), and their two young daughters. Fearing the worst, Artur begs the local produce supplier, Emilia (Maria Pakulnis) to shelter them at her remote rural farmhouse. Emilia refuses, for she knows death awaits any Polish Gentile caught sheltering Jews. But one desperate night, Artur makes the decision to make the dangerous journey (with his family) to Emilia's farmhouse in the country. Tragedy strikes along the way, but the now diminished family make it to the country and Emilia has no choice but to take them in.Here's where things begin to take a strange twist - Emilia, feeling lonely (her husband who was off fighting the Germans, is presumed dead) begins to develop a strong attraction to Artur, and Artur responds to her overtures. Clara, who senses what's going on becomes predictably resentful but also realizes they are at Emilia's mercy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kone TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 9, 2013
Format: DVD
This is a dark and disturbing film about a love triangle that forms out of desperate necessity in wartime Poland, 1941. It is told from the perspective of Lisa Planck, loving mother of two girls, an aspiring cellist, and wife of a doctor. She returns to her hometown in 1971, now a famous accomplished cellist, and seeks to reconcile her traumatic past. This is done in a continuous series of flash-backs, with Lisa remembering the terrible pain of the past by seeing once again the people and settings of 30 years ago. Her trip back is a chance to heal wounds and find peace.

The movie opens in occupied Poland, 1941. Knowing that their city and home will be occupied by the Germans, a doctor (Joseph Fiennes), his wife Lisa (Katarzyna Al Abbas), and two children must seek immediate refuge in the countryside, as they are Jews, and the Germans are rounding up Jews and killing them. They make a harrowing escape during the night, experience the ruthless, murderous Germans first-hand, and finally find refuge in the home of their grocer, a young widower named Emilia. Emilia lost her husband in the war and is trying to eek out an existence on the farm. She agrees to hide the Plancks, provided Lisa Planck and the children occupy the attic; the doctor, Artur Planck, is allowed to work the farm. In short order, Emilia reveals her secret love for Dr. Planck, and the two begin an affair. Artur Planck is caught in a love triangle that cannot end well; he must somehow conceal the affair from his wife who hides nearby in the attic. The emotional strife of the two women eventually shatters the tenuous living arrangements and they are forced to separate. On their own again, the Plancks must find another hiding place or risk capture and certain death by the Germans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Schaeffer on June 27, 2014
Format: DVD
I won't go through the details of this movie as I see the previous reviewers did a good job.

This is a great movie and I watch it on Netflix several times. Each time this movie provokes anger, namely at Emilia. She took total advantage of this family by coming between the husband and wife relationship. I thought a lot about Emilia's sacrifice for them and come to the conclusion that I would hope any decent human being would do. The part that tore right into my heart was the line by Emilia when she demanded the husband to see his family only once a week before church and he must forget he is Jewish and go to church and she said "…I AM NOT ASKING FOR MUCH!!!" I laugh everytime I hear Emilia stated this and knowing she took advantage of a family's weak and vulnerable position.

Seeing Emilia decades later when she opened to door to see Clara, Emilia's sight frightene me. She looked like a cavewomen and I thought about the poor family's being victimized by the Nazi and the cavewoman. Nope I have zero sympathy for Emilia and I would hope any decide human being would help the Jewish people's desparate position.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Hight on July 19, 2013
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Spring 1941 illustrates the horrors of World War II on a family. It is a heart-wrenching movie that vividly illustrates the trials of families in World War II.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Girl in Miami on February 28, 2013
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Great film, I have it among my favorite. I have watched it several times. I would recomend it if you are into love stories.
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VERY GOOD MOVIE. ARRIVED IN GOOD CONDITION WITH GOOD PACKAGING. THIS WAS A VERY REALISTIC WORLD WAR MOVIE. I WOULD RECOMEND THIS ONE.
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