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Documentary, Drama, History

A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.

The critical consensus

A true conversation with the past, which reminds us that all of what we consider fixed in the canon or forged by history is in place because of specific human personalities and decisions.

****(*)Hannah McGill, The List, 07/11/2016

This is graceful and provocative filmmaking. It works both as art history and as an account of wartime Paris under German occupation. It’s also the story of a strange and very unlikely friendship without which the Louvre might have been stripped bare.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 09/11/2016

In this sophisticated but playful cine-prose poem, Alexander Sokurov does for the Louvre what he previously did for the Hermitage in Russian Ark.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 10/11/2016

The pompous narrative mars this occasionally profound history of the Louvre.

**(*)(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 13/11/2016

Impossible to appreciate in a single sitting, this masterly piece of polemical filmmaking is as intoxicating as it is intriguing.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 08/11/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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