Fugitive Pieces

Synopsis: Middle aged Jakob Beer reflects on his life, this reflection which is all consuming. He is a Polish born and raised Jew. When he was an adolescent, his parents were shot dead and his sister Bella hauled away by the Nazis during World War II. Jakob witnessed these events from a hideout in their home. Running away, Jakob was found by Athos Roussos, a Greek national working on an archaeological project in Poland. Athos managed to smuggle Jakob out of Poland back to his native Greece. A few years later, Athos and Jakob moved to Canada where Athos began work as a teacher. Jakob has continual dreams about Bella, especially her piano playing but never knew Bella's ultimate fate. Jakob's reflections, especially the emotions stemming from his thoughts, lead to him becoming a writer of a successful book. His marriage to his first wife Alex, an outgoing and upbeat woman, fails because he can't get out of the somberness connected to his past at this time of his life. It isn't until he comes to und
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Director(s): Jeremy Podeswa
Production: IDP Distribution
  7 wins & 14 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

I did not witness the most

important events in my life.

My deepest story must

be told by a blind man...

from behind a wall...

from underground.

Hey, open the door.

Open up!

The second legato...

should be slower.

We have to hurry,

I can hear them coming.

- Come on.

- Bella...

Under there.

Go, go!

This isn't a joke, Jakob, listen.

There are 32 cans in the cuboard.

Long before you run out,

we'll be back.

Don't open the door to anyone.


Wait for us.


- Yes, I promise.

- And be quiet.

Stay where you are!

Go, check the upstairs!

Check over there!

- Please don't...

- Be quiet!

Shut up! Shut up!

You're coming with us.

You'll get us killed.

You understand?

You should have thought of that.

Damn it!


Where are you going?

He works at an archeological dig,

he's sick.

- You come from Krakow?

- Yes.

It may be typhus.

I'm taking him to a hospital.


- Athanassios Roussos. Greece.

- Yes.

What's the matter with you?

A infection...

- much bleeding, hospital across border.

- Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Drive on!


Athos Roussos & Jakob Beer



Jake... can you get me a towel?

Here you go.

I've been thinking about paper.

Paper or china?

China or paper?

- I think it's paper.

- What?

First year anniversary.

- That's next week.

- I know.

I think we should celebrate.

Why wait?


Are you all right?


Maybe we should just get ready.


You ready to go?

This woman at Birkenau...

she kept an image of

her husband and daughter...

cut from a photo, underneath

her tongue for three months.

She could've been killed at any moment.



That a person would die

for a photograph.

You don't wanna come, do you?

Everyone will miss you.

They're starting to think

you don't like them.

You can't work on

this all the time.

You'll drive yourself mad.

Actually, Ive finished it.

Why didn't you say anything?

It's great, Jake.

You can move on now.

Start your own book,

do whatever you want.

- We could take that trip.

- What trip?

To the island.

To Greece.

Yeah. I...


Oh, Jake.

Come on. They'll be waiting for us.

- We can share the good news.

- No, I...

I'm not up for it.

- You go.

- Or...

- maybe I could just stay here.

- No, no.

Go alone.

Say hello to everyone.


It's great, Jake.

A new beginning.


We're here.

My son...

There it is...


What am I going to do with you?

When we were married...

I hoped that if I let Alex in...

if I let in a finger of light...

it would flood the clearing.

And at first, this is

exactly what happened.

Mingus, Mendelssohn,



- That's an odd selection.

- I'm on the "M's".


Crash course?

Huh, yeah...

Something like that.

I really don't know

that much about music.

My sister used to play.

- Did she?

- Yeah.

- What?

- The piano.

- Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann.

- She had good taste.

- Yeah.

- Does she still play?

No... No, she's...

she doesn't play anymore.

Do you know about the

concerts at the conservatory?


Ah... W.E.A... The Workers

Education Association.

The union...

Every Sunday afternoon at two.

It's all amateur stuff, really...

but a lot of my friends go.

Who do you hang out with?

Uh... I don't really

have any friends.

- No?

- Well...

A few.

Well, I could probably

afford to be...

more discriminating myself.


Oh, look at those.

Those are perfect.

You need a pair of galoshes.

No, I need those...

It's the color.

They'll look brilliant

on the wet pavement.

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Anne Michaels

Anne Michaels (born 15 April 1958) is a Canadian poet and novelist whose work has been translated and published in over 45 countries. Her books have garnered dozens of international awards including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Lannan Award for Fiction and the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for the Americas. She is the recipient of honorary degrees, the Guggenheim Fellowship and many other honours. She has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award, the Griffin Poetry Prize, twice shortlisted for the Giller Prize and twice long-listed for the IMPAC Award. Michaels is the current poet laureate of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and she is perhaps best known for her novel Fugitive Pieces which was adapted for the screen in 2007. more…

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