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The Fabelmans

A young Sammy Fabelman uncovers a family secret and learns the power of movies.


Why watch this film?

Of all the autobiographical works of filmmakers in recent years ('Roma', by Alfonso Cuarón, 'Belfast' by Kenneth Branagh or 'Armageddon Time' by James Gray, to name a few), Steven Spielberg's may be the most authentic and transparent. In 'The Fabelmans', the legendary director of 'E.T.: The Extraterrestrial' and 'Jurassic Park' presents us, in a few words, the story of his youth: from his childhood passion for cinema, through family turbulence, bullying at school and his foray into Hollywood as an innocent young man. It is a moving story in itself - and Michelle Williams only needs to appear on the screen to break our hearts - but what matters is what it tells us along the way: we need to tell stories to give meaning to what we go through, to understand ourselves and to forge our own truths. Read more about 'The Fabelmans' in our review.



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Loosely based on Spielberg's childhood growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, from age seven to eighteen, a young man named Sammy Fabelman discovers a shattering family secret, and explores how the power of movies help us see the truth about each other and ourselves.

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