Sunday 17 October 2021

Ganef - Film Review

Writer/Director Mark Rosenblatt
Stars: Lydia Wilson, Sophie McShera, Danny Scheiman & introducing Izabella Dzeiwanka

A short film inspired by stories from the aftermath of the writer and director's own family’s Holocaust survival.  GANEF tells the story of a little girl, spooked by a dark tale from her mother’s wartime past, who starts to believe her adored cleaner is a thief. 


From the moment the film starts and fades into the opening scene of little Ruthie playing the viewer is transported into the world of innocence and joy. It quickly establishes  the bonds the child has with the house cleaner Lynn (Sophie McShera), and her own mother Mrs Hirst (Lydia Wilson). The former's willingness to break from her duties to play with little Ruthie establishes a much closer bond than with her mother, one  which soon crumbles. 

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