Josef and Marie Cizek (Boleslav Polivka and Anna Siskova) are an average married couple. Over the past few years (judiciously covered during the opening credits) they have watched the rights of their neighbors and work peers slowly taken away as Nazi rule increases. The son of a co-worker, David Wiener (Csongor Kassai), miraculously escaped the work camps of Poland and the reclusive Josef is disgusted enough with societal conditions that he takes the young man in.
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.