PAST LIFE / Hebrew: החטאים HAHATAIM
dir. Avi Nesher, Israel, Poland, 2016, 109 min
Inspired by true events, “Past Life” tracks the daring 1977 odyssey of two sisters – one an introverted ambitious classical music composer, and the other a combative liberal magazine editor. As they try to unravel a disturbing wartime mystery that has cast a foreboding shadow on their entire lives, they realize that freedom from the shackles of the past requires painful sacrifices, as does the struggle to discover one’s unique voice. The movie was inspired by biography of Baruch Milch, Jewish doctor who survived Holocaust in wartime Poland.