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      Steal a Pencil for Me

      2007 1 hr. 34 min. Romance List
      95% 22 Reviews Tomatometer 80% 500+ Ratings Audience Score A Hollander shares barracks with both his wife and his mistress in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Read More Read Less
      Steal a Pencil for Me

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      Steal a Pencil For Me is a unique Holocaust story that pays tribute to the strength of the human spirit in the face of enormous hardship.

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      Audience Member This is my second time watching this movie. As i was browsing Netflix i saw it again,and feel like to see it one more time.I really liked the story. I believe the reason they survived the concentration camp, was the love for each other that kept them going. And 60 years together proved it was real love. Jack and Ina build grate family,and lived happily after. I also feel bad for Manya Jack's first wife.She never got remarried,never had children,and died in old people home. Even though this documentary was not about her,but... Grate story!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member One of THE BEST documentaries I have ever seen (and I watch a lot of them!) Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member I hate to rate this documentary so low as it deals with a tragic and touching story of two lovers trying to stay together in Nazi work camps but the production left a ton to be desired. The story of Jack and Ina is great romance but the direction left much to be desired and the slow pace and lack of compelling visual imagery just didn't do the story of Jack and Ina justice. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member What a beautiful film--I LOVED it! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member A believable and deeply touching story of an unimaginable romance that happened in Holland in World War II and bloomed in the horrible camps at Westerbork and Bergen-Belsen. Two Dutch Jews, Jaap Polak and Ina Soep, did what young lovers do, in a sadly minimum way while they endured the terrors of the camps and struggled to stay alive. Their final escape from Bergen-Belsen, on separate trains bound in opposite directions, kept them apart only for a few desperate months. In this deliberately understated film, they dance at their 60th wedding anniversary and recount only as much of their experience as we would want-they maintain some privacy, while celebrating their love over so many years. The best moments for me were in a scene with school children on a family outing at a WWII camp location that remains as a memorial to the dead. Jaap talks plainly to the kids who stand listening, mutely attentive to the old man and perhaps unable to fully grasp the meaning of his words. A mother uses the moment to remind her children that "this man is Jewish, but he is no different from us." Jaap and Ina are old, and they are Jewish survivors of the Holocaust, and they are happy now. I don't want to be different from them. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Not even Hollywood could invent a romance more extraordinary than this one. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Eric Kohn New York Press Ohayan creates a fluid pace, matching the account of the survival with present day footage of the couple lecturing younger generations to raise Holocaust awareness. Nov 9, 2007 Full Review Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News Not even Hollywood could invent a romance more extraordinary than this one. Rated: 3/4 Nov 9, 2007 Full Review Kevin Crust Los Angeles Times Irrepressibly moving without being sentimental, Steal a Pencil for Me is a testimony to true love. Rated: 4.5/5 Nov 9, 2007 Full Review Duane Dudek Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Because the sheer scale of [the Holocaust] is incomprehensible, humanizing it, in a documentary like Steal a Pencil for Me, keeps it vivid. Rated: 3/4 Mar 7, 2008 Full Review Kent Turner Film-Forward.com endlessly fascinating Rated: 3.5/5 Jan 4, 2008 Full Review Karina Longworth SpoutBlog An idiosyncratic, largely anecdotal story with larger reverberations. Rated: B Nov 12, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A Hollander shares barracks with both his wife and his mistress in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.
      Director
      Michèle Ohayon
      Executive Producer
      Ted Sarandos
      Screenwriter
      Michèle Ohayon
      Genre
      Romance
      Original Language
      Dutch
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 5, 2016