The Round Up

2010 "An incredible real story of courage and survival."
7.1| 1h55m| NA| en| More Info
Released: 10 March 2010 Released
Producted By: Gaumont
Country: Hungary
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A faithful retelling of the 1942 "Vel' d'Hiv Roundup" and the events surrounding it.


Drama, History, War

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The Round Up Audience Reviews

Jonah Abbott There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.
Rosie Searle It's the kind of movie you'll want to see a second time with someone who hasn't seen it yet, to remember what it was like to watch it for the first time.
Gary The movie's not perfect, but it sticks the landing of its message. It was engaging - thrilling at times - and I personally thought it was a great time.
Dana An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.
anagalilea For those who dont know much about France during the II WW is of compulsory watch. It is somehow a must-see. It is also not difficult to follow and not boring, nice music and has a good pace. I would rate in the range of 7/10.
dromasca The Jewish people faced many dark moments in its long and troubled history. What happened in the night of July 16, 1942 in Paris - the arrest of more than ten thousand Jews, men and women, young, old and children, their detention at the Velodrome d'Hiver, followed by their deportation to transit camps in France and then to the death camps in Poland - was one of these dark moments. It is for the French nation however that I dare say this was maybe the darkest moment in their history. Never has France - or at least modern France - abandoned the principles of tolerance and generosity to the weak and prosecuted who knocked at its gates as did that night Petain, Laval and the other collaborationists who were accomplices to the sending to hell and death of so many innocent people.I have used a few film reviews back the term of 'docu-melodrama' and I guess that I can use it here as well, adding maybe the adjective 'historical' in front. 'La Raffle' ambitiously retraces the story of a few Jewish families of all conditions living in Paris at the time of the German occupation in 1942 and falling victim to the deeds of the German occupiers and of their French collaborators. Although the characters may be fictional the stories are essentially true, and the film starts with a written message attesting the historic accuracy of all the extreme situations that are being described. The fiction parts are interleaved with a few documentary sequences, as well as with re-enacted scenes from the headquarters of the German army and French police, of the discussions between the French leader Petain and prime minister Laval, and between Hitler himself, his faithful executioner Himmler and other people in his entourage. The script written by Rose Bosch (who also directed) takes good care to balance the acts of the 'bad' and 'good' French but the horror of the situation of the descent of a whole people from trust and hope into fear and despair is the strong message that cannot get lost.There is great acting to be admired in this film - first of all Jean Reno as the Jewish physician trying to face an impossible situation, alleviate sufferings, save lives, while knowing about his own faith. Melanie Laurent is sensible and credible in the role of the nurse that aims to represent what was left good and human among the French in those times. Some of the supporting roles are also memorable such as the Trotskyst family father played by Gad Elmaleh, a victim of a double disillusion. I liked less the historic background scenes, especially the ones related to Hitler's environment, and the actor playing Hitler who was badly miscast and directed, undecided whether he should be evil or operetta-ic. Overall the film has however very strong scenes, some of the best in the Holocaust movies and asks the right questions about the French role in the tragedy of its Jews. Is this melodrama? yes - but very strong and well made, impressing to tears and nothing is wrong with this - there are no bad genres, just bad movies and La Raffle is certainly not among them.
zaidalsaji Other reviewers have given a good overview of the film so I will limit my review to explaining why the person who gave it only 1 star is flawed in his/her analysis Firstly, let me say that I'm not sure we've been given the usual offering of holocaust films year after year but that's not a point worth arguing over even if it were the case. My main points are twofold:1. The comment made that The Roundup left the viewer in a "state of severe depression" is lamentable. Perhaps he/she felt a sense of despair not depression but I'm not sure anyone would want to watch any such film and come out feeling full of joy. The ending certainly allowed one to feel a certain sense of happiness for the few individuals who survived but the fact that so few did so is reason enough not to sugar-coat events through unnecessarily focussing on one or two good moments for a few individuals. This is what might have happened had "character development" gone beyond what is required of a film of this type. The storyline is grim because the events were grim. 2. The reviewer seems to have missed the main point of the film. The interest for me in seeing such films is the light they shine on those who collaborated with the Nazis in various countries in Europe and the varying reasons and motives that drove this collaboration. For me, this film gave an interesting look into the attitudes of the Vichy French and the anti-semitism that pervaded their thinking.
Claudio Carvalho On 06 June 1942, the government of Vichy makes a deal with the Nazis and delivers thousands of Jewish families to be sent to the concentration Camp of Beaune-La-Rolande, Loiret and then to the crematories."La Rafle" is another touching and heartbreaking film that shows the fate of some Jewish families that are removed by force from their homes to the final destination of a crematory. The cruelty of the fate of the Jewish in occupied Europe in the 40's is composed of millions of tragic stories; therefore films about this theme are always extremely sad and usually well-produced, shaking with the emotions of any sensitive viewer.This new approach of the Holocaust, based on what happened in France under the complacence of the French politicians and authorities, is very sad since it shows the destiny of thousand of children that are first separated from their mothers and then send to death. It is cruel but never comparable to the "Sophia's Choice", for me the most depressive film about mother and children relationship ever made. My vote is six.Title (Brazil): "Amor e Ódio" ("Love and Hate")