STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME (Michèle Ohayon, U.S.). 94 minutes. Some subtitles. Monday (May 5), noon, Al Green; Tuesday (May 6), 1 pm, Sheppard Grande. Rating: NNN
The story of Jaap Polak and Ina Soep, Dutch Jews who began their 60-year love affair in a Nazi concentration camp, would seem almost impossible to screw up in documentary form, particularly when you discover that Jaap was already married when they met.
Forbidden by his wife from seeing Ina openly, Jaap started writing letters that director Michèle Ohayon exploits to the fullest, having the actor Jeroen Krabbé wring every last emotion out of them on the soundtrack as a mournful piano tinkles underneath.
The rest of her movie is about as subtle. The contemporary footage of Jaap and Ina as an old married couple has a lovely, low-key glow, but there isn’t nearly enough of it.