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Sam Hobkinson | 2021 | 90 MINS
A Holocaust memoir that might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Misha Defonseca’s book is a smash hit but questions arise over its authenticity.

In Detail

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.

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