The Flat

The Flat

DVD - 2013
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In the wake of his 98-year-old Jewish grandmother's passing, filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger commences the arduous process of cleaning out the Tel Aviv flat she lived in for 70 years, and makes a shocking discovery that sends him on a revealing journey into his complex family history. When the Nazis seized power in Germany, Goldfinger's grandparents Gerda and Kurt Tuchler fled to Tel Aviv. There, the couple led a rich life, and continued to grow a family. Decades later, after they've both passed away, Goldfinger and his family are cleaning out the flat when they find Nazi propaganda that seems to link his grandparents to a mysterious SS officer. Subsequently determined to learn the truth behind his family's connection to the enemy, Goldfinger begins an incredible journey into the past that reveals how the most profound truths can sometimes be swept under the rug for the sake of sheltering the ones we love most.
Publisher: [United States] : IFC Films : MPI Home Video, c2013.
ISBN: 9780788616433
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Nursebob
May 07, 2018

A very personal documentary which starts out as an exercise in family history yet soon touches on issues of selective recall, repressed memories, and the kind of apathy which results from being taught at an early age not to make too many inquiries. Goldfinger's mother knows shockingly little about her own parents and grandparents, a distant cousin living in Germany makes a jarring accusation, and the aging daughter of a former SS officer has real trouble sorting fact from fancy. It takes three generations to start asking questions about what happened during the war, according to one interviewee, because the second generation simply doesn’t want to talk about it. Intellectually stimulating yet resolutely informal—Goldfinger is not above letting people mug at the camera or film himself filming others—this is not so much a lesson in genealogy as it is a glimpse at a generation gap turned into a chasm by secrets and circumstances.

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eliasmerkins
Dec 29, 2014

I liked this movie as it really reflects not only on the surprises that life present us when a loved one dies, but a clear example on how, sometimes, looking into the loved's ones belongings one can find incredible secrets.

harrybrowne Aug 23, 2014

A fascinating, bizarre, powerful true story.

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AQUILEA777
Jul 11, 2014

Tediously drawn out, subjective and sentimental. Only a few minutes of worthwhile information. Protagonist thought good German Jews shunned former Nazi friends. He is chagrined to learn his grandparents did not. He was also strangely unaware that Nazi's and Zionists collaborated in the 1930's, and is shocked by this discovery. The film repeats the myth of murders at Theresienstadt, the model ghetto.

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altwein1950
Oct 24, 2013

Although not perfect 'The Flat' is hugely worth seeing. My parents lived in Palestine too (but only till 1948), were once Jewish and from Germany but they left just prior to the creation of Israel. That said this doc was fascinating and compelling ride. As i am also preparing a memoir of family life for my daughter, the sleuthing and discoveries on the part of family members in this film was totally fascinating. This is a nuanced examination of parents lives revealing multiple facets, inexplicable contradictions and asking for forgiveness. Worth waiting for this!!!

voisjoe1 Sep 07, 2013

An Israeli filmmaker cleans out his German grandmother’s apartment after her death and finds that she had connections to both the concentration camps and Nazi exterminators. The filmmaker visits various locations in Germany and interviews descendents of both Nazis and Nazi victims to put the story together about what happened to his grandmother and others during that period. We learn about the reluctance of some descendents that wish to not think about their ancestors because of either guilt feelings or pain. A great documentary to help refute Holocaust deniers and to explore the feelings of Germans today.

btmslt May 24, 2013

A mixture of interesting and not so interesting. This film took a while to get into but there is some interesting history here.

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BlueMoonGirl
Apr 27, 2013

Fascinating history lesson. Questions only bring more questions with few opportunities for complete closure. Still it's amazing what could be discovered.

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Oct 24, 2013

altwein1950 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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