• Director : Jean-Jacques Zilbermann
  • Actors : Julie Depardieu, Suzanne Clément, Johanna ter Steege, Hippolyte Girardot
  • Genre : Drama
  • Nationality : France
  • Duration : 107 min


Based on true events, TO LIFE! is inspired by the life of Jean-Jacques Zilbermann’s mother.

Helen, Lili and Rose, 3 young Jewish women, met in Auschwitz where they were deported. Thanks to German-speaking Dutch Lili who was working in the camp kitchen, the 2 French girls survived. After the liberation of the camp, they lost touch. Lili went back to the Netherlands. Rose settled down in Canada. Helen returned alone to France.

Determined to find her old companions, Helen puts an add, every year, in a Yiddish newspaper. Fifteen years later, she finally finds her way back to them.

The reunion takes place in Berck Plage, north of France, during a warm summer. There, the three women reconnect and help each other overcome their Auschwitz demons, during those few days in the sunny sixties.

“Locarno 2014 (Official Selection)”