A documentary about a group of Holocaust survivors who sought each other out after they ended up in the United States, Four Seasons Lodge makes its local premiere tonight at 7 at the Cleveland Museum of Art Lecture Hall. It also shows at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21. Here is our review of the film.
Four Seasons Lodge
(U.S., 2008) Andrew Jacobs’ feel-good documentary about a group of Holocaust survivors who gather each year at a Catskills resort called Four Seasons Lodge profiles the survivors and the bond that keeps them together. A mixture of new interviews and footage from earlier reunions that took place after the survivors sought each other out upon arriving in the U.S., the film focuses on what everyday life is like for the retirees and how they cope with what will potentially be their last summer at the lodge, which is about to be sold. One man is caring for his wife who has Alzheimer’s, but most of the survivors have fared quite well. “The best thing in the world is to eat, drink and enjoy yourself,” says one particularly lively survivor. The film isn’t too flippant either. “It would be easier to just live and not to remember all the time,” admits one woman who lost her entire family. But in showing the way these survivors have become family to each other, Four Seasons Lodge
depicts the human spirit’s ability to triumph in the face of tragedy. ***