2018 Jewish Film Festival: The Children of Chance
Directed by Malik Chibane
100 min. | France | 2015 | French w/English Subtitles | Drama
Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 | 2:00pm | Santikos Palladium IMAX
Tickets: $10 each, ages 18+ | $5, ages 10+
About the Film
In the tender coming-of-age drama The Children of Chance, a Jewish boy finds friendship, camaraderie and safety in the shelter of a children’s hospital in Nazi-occupied France.
In a lucky misfortune, young Maurice Gutman (Matteo Perez) narrowly escapes a round-up of Jews in Paris, after breaking his leg in a dust-up with bullies. Whisked away in an ambulance, he is forced to watch helplessly as his family is arrested by French police. While treated for his injury, Maurice is diagnosed with tuberculosis and committed to a long-term-treatment facility in the suburb of Garches. There, isolated from the outside world and sheltered from German occupying forces, he forms a close bond with the other boys of the ward. As the war intensifies, the sympathetic chief physician (César-winner Philippe Torreton) and his hospital staff must resort to drastic measures to keep the Jewish patients safe from Nazi patrols.
Winner of the European Children’s Film Association award and based on a true story, The Children of Chance is a testament to the resilience and bravery of youth, as captured in the charming, naturalistic performances of its young ensemble cast.