Life Is Beautiful ★★★½

The first half of this worked more for me than the second - the sequence in which Guido romances Dora with an astounding command of the "coincidences" they encounter is something to behold. But the second half seems to be what works for everyone else with this movie, and for me it just didn't take. I think that part of this is that Joshua, who we know is above average in intelligence, would never go for the "game" for the extended period of time that we see. And another part is that the human misery of the camps would quite simply never allow for this - I think the images seared into my brain from Son of Saul will just never allow for me to watch a Holocaust movie in the same way.

But damn, if that first half isn't charming as hell.