Crippled with survivors’ guilt, Jakob Beer (Stephen Dillane) is an atrophied academic unable to escape the shadow of the Holocaust he half-glimpsed as a child.
Obsessively documenting a past that’s not even his, he’s become a forlorn Schindler figure, shepherding historical fact into the safety of his books.
But while there’s life, there’s hope, and Jeremy Podeswa’s delicate, deliberate adaptation of Anne Michaels’ novel follows Jakob’s heartrending progress from the darkness to the light. “You can choose to see what destroys something or what saves it,” he is told.
The beauty of this tender, haunting film is that it does both.