Let Me Go

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Dir: Polly Steele. With: Juliet Stevenson, Lucy Boyn­ton, Jodhi May. 101 mins. Cert: 15

Juliet Stevenson gives a typ­i­cally ex­cel­lent per­for­mance of bot­tled up shame and guilt as a woman haunted by the sins of her mother in this low­bud­get Bri­tish drama. It’s loosely in­spired by the true story of Helga Sch­nei­der, whose mother Traudi aban­doned her fam­ily in 1941 to work as a guard in Auschwitz. In real life, Helga set­tled in Italy; in the film she trav­els from London to Vi­enna with her grand­daugh­ter for a deathbed con­fronta­tion with un­re­pen­tant Traudi (chill­ingly played by Karin Bertling). The film is a lit­tle rough around the edges and oc­ca­sion­ally lacks sub­tlety, but there is a pow­er­ful scene in which Traudi begs her great-grand­daugh­ter to try on her old SS uni­form, which she has kept like a trea­sured wed­ding dress in the wardrobe all these years. CC

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