New film by Venezuelan director arrives on Netflix
'Resistance' narrates the life of Marcel Marceau against the Nazis.
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The film Resistance directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz dropped on Netflix on Jan. 4, although it premiered in the United States on March 27, 2020.
Resistance is a biopic starring Jesse Eisenberg, who plays the role of Marcel Marceau, a mime who joined the French resistance to help orphaned children during World War II.
"Resistance is a political metaphor created by its director to refer to the case of Venezuela under regime control. Hence its title and its message in favor of freedom," commented Sergio Monsalve, a critic and the editorial director of Observador Latino.
Before its release in 2020, Jakubowicz spoke with Josh Weiss from Forbes, and said he had never thought of making a film about the war, "because it was too emotional." However, Marcel Marceau's story moved him, since "it was about salvation and not extermination."
The Venezuelan grew up with Shoah survivors on both sides of his family, so making a film about the topic was important to him.
Critics such as John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter called the film "a meaningful if imperfect look at humanism in the midst of atrocity (...) Although quite topical, it highlights an important question today: How do you best resist hatred, by fighting your opponents, or by helping them?"
Although Resistance was first released during the COVID-19 pandemic, it managed to top the box office during its first weekend, generating $460,503, according to data released by The Numbers.