|Rated: Not Rated |
Starring: Kellie Martin, Marion Ross, and Marc Warren
Released: March 6, 1996
Though "true story" movies aren't usually my thing--I use entertainment as an escape from real life!--I have to say this one was quite involving. It really illustrates the horrors of what happened during World War II. However, the abrupt ending was a bit disappointing; I won't say anything more, as not to give away the plot.
Production Values: 3.5/5
This film was mostly well-done; it seemed to be shot on location, and everything looked pretty true-to-life. Still, the one rough spot was Kellie Martin, whose American accent seemed to appear randomly, despite the fact that she was playing a Polish girl. On a positive side, the music sounded really good on my home theater system.
Moral Content: 3/5
The Holocaust isn't exactly a kid-friendly subject, but this movie does show a bit of restraint. People are shot; a man is seen with bloody wounds on his face; a body is seen being carried out; and other deaths and violent acts are either seen or implied. Though most of the kissing is innocent, peck-on-the-cheek stuff, there are two scenes with passionate smooching, including one with a nameless couple in bed; whether they are married or not isn't specified. On the other side of the coin, Fusia's Catholic faith is portrayed in a good light, and she is even shown praying in a church; that's a far cry from movies like The Vow, that remove all the Christian content from their source material. So, suffice it to say: If a kid is old/mature enough to understand the terrors that happened because of the Third Reich, then this would probably be appropriate for them; still, you might want to screen it first.
Conclusion: History buffs, rejoice! Hidden in Silence is a little-known historical drama that is not only a good yarn, but a true one as well. It probably is one I won't be watching again, and would likely only be worth watching on TV or renting for most people; still, you could do a lot worse.