Suppressed War Stories
A new Holocaust film grammar is forming about what it means to be a succeeding generation, suspended between the impulse to forget and the urgent need to remember and to understand how suppressed memories have warped families. I dont know how close writer-director Jeremy Davidsons own family is to the Shoah, but his debut feature is a perceptive example of the subgenre. On Yom Kippur, Zak Pikler (Daniel Sauli) reluctantly takes his pregnant girlfriend, Delphina (Annie Parisse), to visit his estranged father, Warren (the excellent Lawrence Pressman), a poet succumbing to paranoia and his tortured past in a Catskills lakeside home. Davidson weaves deeper questions of who a Jew is into this powerful tale of a clan shredded by the rage and hatred passed down through three generations. Shot in digital video, Tickling Leo gradually reveals a secret about one of those terrible wartime bargains with the Third Reich that saved a few Jews while sealing the fate of an entire community. Davidson handles the material with candor, sensitivity, and a goodness and mercy thats entirely absent from the showy self-pity of Boaz Yakins recent Death in Love.
Thu., Oct. 15, 6 & 8 p.m., 2009
Get the Things to Do Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly guide to events in South Florida, and never be bored again. With suggestions for every day of the week, our recommendations will keep you busy on any budget.