His German parents are stunned to find out that when they adopted him in the orphanage had lied and that his Yugoslavian mother is still alive, and wants her child back. As the Allied court hears evidence on the case to determine Toni's future, we learn the histories of both mothers through flashbacks.
This Charles Crichton directed film makes no bones about its objective to wring every emotional drop out of its audience as the court, and we, try to negotiate the moral morass. It is undoubtedly dated and the child performances are pretty stiff but the fundamental dilemma still….
A weepie from Ealing studios, inspired by true events. In a pair of Germans who adopted a baby during the war discover that his Yugoslavian mother is still alive and wants the boy back. None of the names in the cast either starring or supporting really mean anything to me, which for this kind of film probably helps. The film is set in continental Europe and has very few English characters both distinct rarities for an Ealing film in fact two of the three leads are played by foreign actors, the same can't be said of the supporting cast who's accents are at best indifferent and occasionally forgotten and the all too obviously English children don't attempt anything other….
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On his tenth birthday, he is told that his mother, a Yugoslav refugee, is alive and wants him back. The case must be decided in court, which must decide with whom the boy will be better off. Written by frankfob2 yahoo. It shows how superficial my expectations are of a black and white film that I only watched this because I was ill, and it was either this, a cooking show or "Take the High Road" an awful Scottish Soap. What I found was a film full of believable characterisations that was not afraid to tackle a very difficult subject, where the true mother of a Yugoslavian boy raised by German foster parents during the Second World War returns to reclaim her child ten years later.
What makes the subject matter so difficult is the way in which the boy comes to be made available for adoption through the attrocities of the war. The two flashbacks are very well done, making you care about both of the women and the love they feel for the child - the subdued Yugoslav mother, speaking through an interpreter, refusing to betray her emotions in public having been scarred by her experiences, I thought the short scene where she is in the church looking at Mary and baby Jesus was very revealing and the German woman who has raised the child during his formative years.
The three judges from the American Control Commission are called upon to make the impossible decision, and the judgements that each of them decide, though different, ring true. I was surprised by the abruptness of the ending, wishing to see what Toni would do in later year, but that is my only criticism of this film. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More.
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The Divided Heart is a black-and-white British film directed by Charles Crichton and released in The film is a drama, based on a true story of a child. The Divided Heart () Poster. A three-year-old orphan is adopted by a German couple shortly after World War II. On his tenth birthday, he is told that his .
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