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Directed by Silvia Quer

Spain 2018 96 mins. In Spanish, Catalan, French with English subtitles

In the early 1940s, refugees from all over Europe seek shelter in southwestern France, escaping persecution from the Nazis and from Franco’s regime in Spain. Among them are countless women, some of them pregnant, and their little children. The camps are in horrendous shape, with no protection from the cold. Without further ado, young Red Cross nurse Elisabeth Eidenbenz breathes new life into an old villa. By transforming it into a birth clinic, she saves the lives of mothers and children from certain death. Despite the hardship, the villa becomes a safe haven resounding with children’s laughter. But soon, threats from without and within take shape: authorities in Nazi-occupied France demand that Elisabeth hand over all Jewish refugees and their children, while her deputy Victoria sides with the Résistance partisans—a worthy cause, but one that puts the lives of everyone in the maternity at stake.

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