5.) #AnneFrank. Parallel Stories

Documentary about Anne Frank

To avoid ending up entirely alone with our studies (and to relax a bit), me and my classmate decided to study English together for a change. We bought some snacks and watched a movie in English from Netflix. We chose a documentary about Anne Frank and holocaust. I read the Anne Frank’s diary some years back and I thought that the movie could be very interesting by bringing some new perspectives to that story. But the documentary was so different than we thought. It clearly tried to appeal to younger viewers. There was this teenager girl who travels across the Europe to visit all the places holocaust had affected and posted pictures of those places on Instagram. To those posts, she wrote some quite weird captions asking questions from Anne Frank. For example, how did she think about something, how could she survive for so long in that hiding place and how the world appeared for her. Those parts in the movie were pretty awkward and clumsy and generated many facepalms for us.

Another aspect that the documentary used to tell Anne Frank’s story was an old woman reading quotations from the diary. She was a good and lively reader who put her soul into reading. Those parts were the ones we liked the most in the movie, because it told the real story and the real thoughts Anne had at that time. How she was a normal rebellious teenager girl who lived and loved. But the documentary didn’t just focus on Anne. It interviewed rather many people who had lived, or their family members had lived, during the holocaust. They told other stories about people who experienced those horrors and possibly survived. At first, it was interesting to see and hear what those survivors had to say, but at some point, it turned the documentary so messy that it was hard to follow. There was just so many people talking about so many different things that the amount of aspects was overwhelming. The scenes changed so incoherently all the time you couldn’t always tell who is speaking at the moment. So, based on our discussion, I would say that we didn’t quite like the documentary, although it brought up some fascinating facts about what happened at that time. Even thought the theme was interesting, the movie could have been produced better.

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