Without a Home (1939)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Poland  |  
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The Yiddish-language Without a Home was based on the same-named stage play by Jacob Gordin. The timely plot concerns the problems facing Polish Jews in the efforts to emigrate to America. Though billed last, Doria Fakiel essays the central role of Lina, a woman who loses her mind after being separated from her immigrant husband and her wayward son is reported drowned. In truth, the boy had merely run away, but he's afraid to return home for fear of disgracing his family. When he does return, Lina's sanity is slowly but surely restored, leading to a tender, tearful reunion between the old woman and her husband. The film's title is tragically prophetic: within a year, all the Jews of Poland would find themselves unwelcome strangers in their own land, thanks to the Nazi invasion.

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cafe, child, death-in-family, drowning, elderly, family, immigrant, Judaism, passion, Polish [nationality], son, songwriter, wife