In this tender coming-of-age drama based on a true story, a Jewish boy finds friendship, camaraderie and safety in the shelter of a children’s hospital in Nazi-occupied France.
Based on American author Nicole Krauss’ bestseller, The History of Love is a sprawling saga of undaunted ardour and merciless twists of fate. Spanning decades and continents, the film’s central narrative begins in prewar Poland and follows Leo Gurski and Alma Mereminski, neighbours and sweethearts whose romance is thwarted by the rise of fascism. Before the war Alma is sent to America – after the war Leo tries to find her, oblivious to the surprises that await him.
Aided by a brilliant cast that includes Gemma Arterton (Their Finest) and veteran actors Derek Jacobi and Elliott Gould, director Radu Mihăileanu (Live and Become) deftly weaves the many threads of Krauss’ novel into a soaring and deeply moving epic that touches on the duties of religion, literature and love.
134 mins / English
Director — Radu Mihăileanu