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Red Trees is a documentary film from
filmmaker Marina Willer (Cartas da Mae). The documentary
the lives of holocaust survivors who made the best of their lives
devastation of WWII and the atrocities which were committed against the
people. It explores the livelihoods of several families who went on to
things in life: in art, culture, and various fields, including stories
Marina Willer's own family, which was only one of twelve families to
the Nazi's in Prague during WWII.
Red Trees works wonders as a tone poem film
ebbs and flows between exploring the stories of these survivors. The
beautifully shot by the brilliant cinematographer César Charlone
God) and the rich colors and vibrancy of the cinematography paints
story with delicate hues of emotion and the kind of authenticity that
in the best documentary explorations.
Narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith (Quantum of Solace)
though the narrator were the documentary filmmaker's father, Mr. Alfred
the narration explores the trajectory of the lives of these individuals
highlighted in this portrait. With an essay-like approach, the film's
is a exploratory style experience which adds great layers to the story
Though documentaries centered around the holocaust
can be a
challenge for audiences to watch considering the depressing and
of the history, Red Trees manages to bring a somewhat different
approach to the forefront by being a celebration of life at the same
it's an account of history. While the film has plenty of stories to
heartache, it's a film that manages to celebrate the survivors, their
successes, and their approach to continuing on in life with gusto and
enthusiasm. This stood out as something
unique to this documentary. Red Trees is a moving portrait and
experience which stands out as a worthy documentary about holocaust
and their families. A moving experience and one audiences should seek
Red Trees arrives on Blu-ray with a
MPEG-4 AVC encoded presentation in the original 1.85:1 widescreen
aspect ratio. This is an impressive presentation of the film. With
photography by César Charlone, Red Trees is impressively
rendered on this release. There is an excellent use of color and the
of the imagery is superb.
Presented with DTS-HD Master
Audio, Red Trees has a solid lossless audio sound presentation.
has a somewhat flat and uninvolving surround mix, the clarity of the
impresses and works well for the filmmaking. This is a crisp audio
which reproduces the dialogue effectively.
English SDH subtitles for the
deaf and hard of hearing are included.
Inside of the case is a
printed booklet, featuring photographs and credits for the film.
Interview with Director Marina Willer (2
an insightful (if brief) exploration of the importance of the film to
Theatrical Trailer(2 Min.)
Red Trees is a moving and insightful
about survivors of the holocaust. It's an essay-like film which tells
with clear thoughtfulness. Marina Willer made an excellent film which
explored and discussed by audiences.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.