Picks and Pans Review: For Those I Loved
Michael York stars in a dingy French mini-series as Martin Gray, a real-life concentration camp survivor. The saga begins in '1970 in France, when he loses his wife and four children to a forest fire. Still blackened by smoke and ashes, he sits down to dictate his life story, beginning in 1939, when he was a teenager in occupied Warsaw (Jacques Penot plays the youth; York, in a double role, his father). It's on to his escape from Treblinka, his recapture and escape from a second concentration camp, Sabro, his pursuit of riches in America, his marriage and thus, full circle.
TBS has taken the unusual tack of showing all four hours successively, perhaps anticipating that if they broke up something this dull, dreary, badly lit, poorly dubbed, clumsily acted, totally uninvolving (have I forgotten anything?—oh, yes) and interminable, no one would come back for more.