A few weeks ago the soldier and I watched a movie, I thought it was great. Matter of fact I called satori and told her I thought the movie was near perfect. I liked it’s tone, the casting, the costuming and the story was haunting to me. The movie is, Defiance and I can’t seem to stop thinking about it.
I considered writing about it last week and checked the ratings and reviews on the movie out of curiosity. I guess I wanted to know if anyone else was bugged out by it or what they thought about it or whatever. I was fairly surprised to see the fairly low ratings and the reviews which were decent but qualified so I let the writing idea go at the time but I still can’t stop thinking about this movie so here I am.
The movie tells the true story of Jewish brothers who escape into the forest as Jews are being rounded up, killed or taken to the ghetto. They meet up with other displaced Jews and eventually organize and arm themselves in order to fight off the Germans and save their lives and freedom.
They wind up having to live (freezing, starving, fighting, etc.) in the forest for 2 years, their personalities morphing in the process and I thought this was really well presented. In the end, many died but 1200 Jews who saw what was coming, bonded together and decided to fight, survived.
It was stated that this group now has tens of thousands of descendants and this is what struck me. None of those people would be here right now had it not been for the heroic effort of their ancestors. I would be so proud If I were one of their descendants.
It was humbling to see dramatized what some have had to go through just to live and heartening to see their spirit. I watched spellbound as some of women made themselves available to the (fighting) men so that they may be protected. You may or may not feel that as deeply as I did.
There was a real love story in the movie (and in real life) as well. The couple who months before had normal lives, marries in the forest that has become their home for what? The foreseeable future? Until they are killed?
This is a rich story with lots of angles that I like. I am all for rebelling (Uranus) against oppression (Saturn) and sure enough in 1941, Saturn and Uranus were conjunct so it makes sense we have a look at it now with Saturn opposing Uranus.
I hope this movie gets off my mind now but I doubt it.
They are coming to get you. Will you fight or succomb?