Fugitive Piecesis an emotionally charged film about love, loss, and redemption, driven by radiant performances and nuanced writing. It is based upon Anne Michaels’ best-selling novel. It is the of story of Jakob, a writer living in post-war Canada, who cannot shake off the terrifying memories of his childhood during World War II. His adventures take him from Poland to Greece to Montreal. Over the years Jakob attempts to deal with the losses he has endured. The film glides between the past and different periods in Jakob's later life, as it tries to show this man whose love for his family has essentially frozen him at the time he last saw them. Through his writing and his discovery of true love, Jakob is ultimately freed from the legacy of his past.
Such a summary barely captures the qualities of "Fugitive Pieces." written and directed by Jeremy Podeswa, writer and director, doesn't tell, he evokes, with the nostalgic images of his cinematographer, Gregory Middleton; the understated melancholy of the score by Nikos Kypourgos, and the seamless time transitions of his editor, Wiebke von Carolsfeld.