Friday, June 14, 2024

Ariela Rubin on TREASURE (2024) Tribeca 2024

Treasure is based on a true story about a father and daughter, Ruth and Edek (played by Lena Dunham and Stephen Fry) who go back to the father's hometown in Poland so his daughter can see where he grew up. 

From the beginning, you can see how reluctant Edek is to be back. Several events take place that make Edek uncomfortable. He is a Holocaust survivor and Ruth wants to see the home he grew up in. He and his family were removed from there and taken to Auschwitz. Anyone could understand why he wouldn't want to be back there, but his own daughter doesn't seem to get it, which I found strange.  She's in her 30's, so she's not a little kid. I just found her lack of understanding very bizarre.

There were a few other things in the film that didn't quite make sense and weren't touched upon. (such as Ruth's self-harm)

Overall, this film, not surprisingly was quite heavy. It's also a bit awkward as his daughter is basically forcing him to relieve parts of his life that understandably he'd rather not relive. She also takes photos of her father in areas he'd rather not be, to begin with. It was just strange and made the film less moving than I thought it would be. There is a very touching scene towards the end, that I think made everyone cry(myself included). It actually was probably my favorite part of the film, but I don't want to give it away. I wasn't familiar with Stephen Fry, but I loved his character and his performance. 

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