I decided to give this 4 stars. The story was not particularly well told. It was not particularly believable, but since the Holocaust itself was horribly unbelievable, how can we know what people did to try to survive in such horrible cruelty and hopelessness? It was kind of an Anne Franck family story with a rather unusual twist of the person sheltering the family having her own ulterior motives. I found her to be not as cruel as her Nazi oppressors, but she did use their cruelty to blackmail the husband by threatening to sacrifice his Jewish wife and child to them to get what she wanted. She did not shelter the family out of goodness as a person, but to achieve her own goals. The Nazis, of course, were horrible. But, how can they ever be portrayed otherwise when we look at what they did, the inhumanity of what they did. There was a subplot – that the non Jewish Poles, even those who fought for Polish nationalism in the resistance, blamed the Jews for the invasion and destruction of their nation by Germany. This was also true in other nations subdued by Germany – in Czech Republic particularly. But it was not really developed in this movie. The complexity of the interpersonal relationships between the married Jewish couple and the former housekeeper who sheltered them took so much time and drama, there wasn’t room in the movie to develop that interesting, historically correct, and largely unappreciated subplot. The scenery was great, and the rustic farm and the village were photographed very well. The landscapes with the mist and the fog, and a colt happily prancing around and enjoying his childhood was a brilliant metaphor. The baby horse was enjoying his childhood and growing up healthy, but the little Jewish girl was trapped in an attic with no sunlight, no way to play or be playful, heartbroken over the loss of her sister, and so despondent she was ill. And the juxtaposition of misty, foggy, mornings, dark nights with the bright sunshine of daylight, and the Nazis marching Jews into a beautiful green, delightful forest to murder them was extremely well done. The beauty of nature almost seemed cruel in that world at that time, because these hopelessly oppressed people had only darkness and death in their lives even if they were in a beautiful, sunny, pastoral Polish countryside. I have two major complaints against the movie. The woman’s story about how she survived was simply unbelievable. Bullets pass through bodies – she would have been shot even if shielded by her husband. And the Nazi’s were merciless at continuing to shoot until there was no sound and no movement in the pits. And they bulldozed the earth in immediately. She could not have survived, nor been sheltered if she did – and that shelter was totally glossed over. The timeline for her to have a daughter as a doctor did not fit either. The movie took place in 1971. For this woman to have survived the war, found a new husband, and borne a child would have taken at least until 1947, or longer. College, medical school, and internship requires 9 to ten years beyond the age of 18. So, if she had a child in 1948 – there is no way that child was a practicing doctor in 1971. These are major flaws, and maybe 4 stars is too high. And, I know so many of us are tired of hearing yet another Holocaust story. And having the guilt of something that neither we, nor our nation, nor our society had anything to do with, in fact, had a great deal to do with combatting and exposing it. Yet, it was so horrible, that maybe we should always have that guilt shoved at us. When I see the vitriol, anger, and supremacist movements growing, almost erupting today – yes, it can happen again. It can happen here. We can never feel enough guilt over it – and we must recognize the signs of its formative stages.