THE ROUND UP (2010) SBS TWO, 9.30PM, M, WAR

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IIt was not un­til the mid1990s that France of­fi­cially ac­knowl­edged its com­plic­ity in the Nazi-or­ches­trated geno­cide of more than 80,000 French Jews in World War II. On one day alone in 1942 – an in­fa­mous event now re­ferred to as “rafle du Vel d’Hiv” – 13,000 Jews in Paris were forcibly re­moved from their homes by French po­lice. Most were herded into a city sta­dium, where they waited in squalid con­di­tions for their one-way ticket to the Holo­caust. Watch­ing their plight, it’s im­pos­si­ble not to be sad­dened and an­gered by the events, how­ever, the film does have its share of prob­lems that can­not be ig­nored. Writer and di­rec­tor Rose Bosch’s screen­play is ex­cep­tion­ally weak on char­ac­ter devel­op­ment. Worse still, some of her at­tempts at drama­tis­ing the power play­ers in this tragic sce­nario bor­der on the ab­surd. An in­con­gru­ously glossy pro­duc­tion de­sign and some un­gainly per­for­mances from ex­pe­ri­enced leads such as Jean Reno and Me­lanie Lau­rent put a fur­ther drain on Th­eR­oundUp’s re­serves of good­will. ★★✩ has re­mained un­solved for nearly a cen­tury. Benno Für­mann, Alexan­dra Maria Lara, Henry Stange. ★★✩ The hu­man ac­tors who aren’t an­i­mated aren’t too bad, ei­ther, with Dennis Quaid and Pete Postleth­waite as the un­likely dragon hunters, circa 10th cen­tury, who dis­cover the se­cret the evil king has hid­den for many years. ★★★

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