A BAG OF MARBLES


Recommended for: Year 10 to Year 12

A teacher’s kit will be emailed to you with your booking confirmation.

A BAG OF MARBLES - UN SAC DE BILLES

Director: Christian Duguay
Cast: Patrick Bruel, Dorian Le Cletch, Batyste Fleurial, Elsa Zylberstein
Country: 
France
Date of Release: 2017
Duration: 
112 minutes
Rating:
CTC (likely to be M)
Genre:
Drama, Historic
 

Joseph Joffo and his family live in Paris and quickly assimilated. The family grew and prospered. Jo's father became a successful barber, married and had 4 sons. But, in 1941, it looks like things are going to get bad in Paris now that the Nazis have taken over the city.

Jo, 10, and his older brother Maurice are forced to wear yellow stars to school, as is every Jew in Paris. Jo resents it and when a friend offers to trade a bag of marbles for the star, Jo jumps at the chance. But even without the star, the fact that he and Maurice are Jewish causes a fight in the schoolyard. Arriving home, bloodied and bruised, their father makes the decision to send the boys to Vichy France, the southern free zone to stay with their older brothers.

Armed with 5,000 francs and the addresses of safe places to find help, the boys are sent on a dangerous journey through occupied France by themselves. Using only their wits, and sometimes making poor judgements, they travel by train, bus and foot, all the while having to evade the Nazis and occasionally finding a kind person willing to help them.

They make it to Menton, but the story doesn't end there. Remember, they left their parents in Paris, who promised they would shortly follow them to Menton. But, word comes one day that they were picked up by the Nazis and re in an internment camp. And the boys are themselves picked by the Nazis when they unknowingly enter a resistance centre during a raid. Arrested, they are questioned by the Gestapo and must convince them that they are not Jews despite being circumcised.

Will they succeed and will they be reunited with their parents and be a family once again?
 

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