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The chilling story of the 1942 "Vel' d'Hiv" Roundup in France comes to the screen in this cautionary historical drama starring Jean Reno and Melanie Laurent. The Weismanns were a typical Montmartre from a tight-knit Jewish neighborhood. But on that fateful morning of July 16, 1942, this family and many others would face the worst horror imaginable when they, and 13,000 other Parisian Jews, were systematically arrested by French police, and corralled into a stadium under the orders of their Nazi occupiers. As the unsuspecting prisoners are prepared for deportation, a Jewish doctor (Reno) and a Protestant nurse (Laurent) attempt to provide adequate care for their patients while bearing witness to one of the most shameful atrocities ever committed by man.
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This is one of the most riveting documentaries I've ever seen in my life; although it intersects with the story of "Sarah's Key" I found many details that were omitted while concentrating on Sarah's story that complete the big picture of what was happening during the time being examined. I highly recommend The Round Up (La Rafle), especially for those of you that have seen many movies relating to the Holocaust - this film peels away layers of emotions until factual events bare the hearts and souls of the characters in minute detail.