Memories Of Anne Frank

  • Year:2009
  • Rating:M
  • Director:Alberto Negrin
  • Cast:Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Emilio Solfrizzi, Panna Szurdi
  • Release Date:February 02, 2012
  • Distributor:Reel
  • The Film:2.0

“...moments of the film feel forced.”

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Memories Of Anne Frank is an Italian made film based loosely on the now famous and well documented Anne Frank. It begins lightly, focusing on the innocent and sweet friendship of Anne Frank and Hanneli Goslar from their first year in school. As the world around them changes after her 13th birthday, Anne's family goes into hiding with the generous help of Miep Gies.

The film then continues on with Anne's family being discovered by Nazi soldiers and taken by train to Auschwitz, showing the harsh reality of the German concentration camp. Here, there are scenes between a rabbi and a young German officer that are more intriguing at times than following Anne's story. It explores the mentality of officers that weren't decision makers, and the morality of merely following orders. Later, Anne's father Otto, returns to the Netherlands in hopes to see his family again. Miep Gies, upon reading the confirmation that Anne and her sister are dead, gathers Anne's diary for Otto to read. 

Perhaps because of the odd English dubbing, moments of the film feel forced, especially when an older Otto talks to a crowd of school children about his daughter and the larger questions of why some people survived while others didn't. The performances are noteworthy though, especially Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, the young Italian actress who plays the title role.

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