Treasure (12A)


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Two New Yorkers explore post-socialist Poland in Julia von Heinz’s enjoyable dramedy.

American music journalist Ruth (Lena Dunham) and her father, Edek (Stephen Fry), a charmingly stubborn Holocaust survivor, embark on a journey to his homeland. While Ruth is eager to make sense of her family's past, Edek has his own agenda as he unlocks his painful memories.

Between Edek and Ruth, much has been hidden or distorted out of an irrational fear of one another’s concerns. Von Heinz is able to translate with this in a somewhat lighthearted manner, but seriously considers the broader implications of entire generations and the pain they’ve suppressed.

Dunham, who rarely acts outside of the films she directs herself, is an inspired choice as Ruth. The squabbling between father and daughter is undoubtedly one of the film’s brightest points and the teaming of Dunham and Fry, which one might not think would work, is it’s greatest trick. And with that winning duo at its centre, Treasure is airy enough to open up the conversations that its characters have to dig so deep within themselves to have, treating touchy subject matter with the respect it deserves