• Production: Agav Films, France 2, Image et Compagnie
  • Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Hippolyte Girardot, Emmanuelle Devos, Dominique Blanc, Daniel Duval, Denise Aron-Schropfer, Samuel Cohen, Mouna Soualem, Claire Magnin, Annie Mercier, Serge Moati, Max Denes
  • Written By: Dan Franck, Amos Gitai, Marie-Jose Sanselme, Jerome Clement
  • Distributed By: Kino International
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: German, French

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One Day You Will Understand

Narrative | 2008 | 90 min.
Directed by: Amos Gitai

As the trial of the Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie plays on television in the background, a Frenchman named Victor (Hippolyte Girardot) combs through documents, hoping to uncover the truth about his family’s past. This draws him into an astonishing journey into the psyche of three generations of a Catholic French family after discovering their parents and grandparents were victims of the Holocaust. Amos Gitai's films introduce a new generation and their questions and judgements of the Holocaust and the part that the host societies and the surviving generations, both Jewish and Gentile, owe to the remembrance for the sufferers and for future generations to try to understand.

See more about One Day You'll Understand at the Israel Film Center

Critical Acclaim

*Valladolid International Film Festival

*Locarno Film Festival

*Berlin International Film Festival

*Toronto International Film Festival

"'One Day You’ll Understand,' a rare effort shot outside Israel by prolific Israeli director Amos Gitai (Kippur), focuses on a modern-day Parisian Jewish family, whose matriarch (Jeanne Moreau) hides war secrets too painful and delicate to share. The film did the fest circuit, including stopovers at Berlin and Toronto, and is the epitome of the kind of fest film that you gotta respect like crazy."
--Doris Toumarkine,

“'One Day You’ll Understand'” contains no great revelations or surprises, but rather is suffused with a quiet glow of sympathy and enlightenment. Its narrow scope and calm demeanor are signs of its seriousness and integrity."
--A. O. Scott, New York Times

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