Misha and the Wolves

Director: Sam Hobkinson
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 1.5

Misha Defonseca, living with her husband in Millis, Massachusetts, surprises the locals - and the world - with the story of her childhood, in which she claims that during World War II she was taken away from her Jewish parents and then set out on foot from Belgium to Nazi Germany to find them, living with the wolves - her neighbor Jane Daniel, who runs a small press, encourages her to write about it ... but then Misha gets defiant, sues her for 22 million bucks and Jane starts to suspect the story isn't true (... duh).  It plays more like a one hour episode of Dateline than a feature documentary, and one might wonder why Misha didn't just write the actual true story of what happened (which is more compelling than her bad fiction): her father was a Catholic who sided with the Germans and both he and her mother were murdered by the Nazis (this is after he "named names").  Hobkinson, instead of probing deeper moral issues surrounding Holocaust denial, is way too focused on making it "stylish": the real story could have been about Belgian genealogist Evelyne Haendel, who is Jewish and did survive that atrocity.