The Invisibles

October, 2018, Drama

 

The so-called “docu-drama” occupies an uneasy space between
conventional documentaries and straight dramatic productions. Common fodder on
2nd tier cable networks and scattered among off-hours network
schedules, docudramas feature a narrator who provides general background on
historical events interspersed with actors playing real figures in the
incidents under examination. Typically low cost and of limited interest to
selected audiences, docudramas are rarely seen and seldom praised.

 

The Invisibles explores
a rare group of young Jewish Germans in Berlin who survived WWII without being
discovered by the Nazis. Their
remarkable stories are coupled with interviews with the actual survivors themselves
who comment on their experiences as recreated by professional actors. Vignettes
center around a trio of survivors, who interrupt the
dramatized storyline to personally convey their observations on the perilous
circumstances they endured and how it affected them.

 

Alas, while the reminiscences of the survivors are riveting,
the dramatic portions of The Invisibles
just can’t be taken very seriously. The casts’ acting skills are limited and
the scripted portions of the movie rarely rise above the level of soap-opera. Viewers would have been much better served by simply
having the three survivors spend an extended time on camera simply sharing
their experiences of living in a nightmarish world no audience would ever wish
to experience.

 

The Verdict? A well-intentioned but very
amateurish production.

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