This is the dramatic tale of a woman whose holocaust memoir took the world by storm, but a fallout with her publisher - who turned detective - revealed an audacious deception created to hide a darker truth. There are no winners in the story of Misha Defonseca, a woman who became an international bestselling author by lying about her experience during the Holocaust and turning her tall tale of survival into a memoir.
Exploring the lines between naivety and sensitivity, pity and reproach, Sam Hobkinson’s film excels in its selection of contributors – some of them Misha’s friends, others who helped expose the truth – each of whom offers a telling insight into why people often believe what they do. To say anymore would spoil the shocks and surprises at the heart of Sam Hobkinson's roller-coaster film. The combination of archive footage, fresh interviews and extensive dramatic reconstructions is tightly edited. Hobinkson makes the most of a hugely involving story and a collection of fascinating individuals.