The story of a young Jewish boy who outsmarted Nazi occupation of Poland by hiding in the woods on a mixture of stolen chickens and partisan compassion, learning along the way that faking Catholicism is an effective survival ploy, aims for the inspirational. And occasionally finds it. But the contrast between a beautifully idealised landscape and a plot that undercuts ideology at several levels often distracts from the narrative – stumbling where it should run.
Lauf Junge Lauf | Directed by Pepe Danquart (France, Germany, Poland 2013) with Andy Tkacz, Jeanette Hain and Rainer Bock. Starts April 17