Emotional Arithmetic

Emotional Arithmetic, a Holocaust related drama, will be closing this year’s Toronto Film Festival (Sept 6 – 15).

The film, based on the Matt Cohen novel of the same name, stars venerable Swedish actor Max von Sydow, Hollywood stalwarts Gabriel Byrne and Susan Sarandon and Canadians Christopher Plummer and Roy Dupuis.

Sarandon and Byrne portray survivors of a Second World War internment camp for Jews in France.

They make plans to reunite after discovering the political dissident (von Sydow) who had protected them at the camp did not die at Auschwitz as they had thought, and is still alive.

The film is of particular interest to me because it deals with the much neglected emotional aspect of Holocaust survival.

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