The rafle

The rafle (2010) is a French film written and directed by Roselyne Bosch. It tells the story of the Winter Velodrome raid when the Paris police (in collaboration with the Nazi occupiers) locked up Jewish prisoners at the Winter Velodrome in preparation for sending them to a concentration camp . 1


Jo Weissman (a Jewish boy) and his family are arrested by the Paris police and jailed at the Winter Velodrome, a crowded stadium. Nurse Annette helps them and Jo escapes with her friend Pavel. Annette is looking for the survivors of the Velodrome at the Hotel Lutetia.


  • Hugo Leverdez as Jo Weismann, age at 11
  • Jo Weisman, at the age of 80, like the old
  • Raphaëlle Agogué as Sura Weismann
  • Gad Elmaleh as Schmuel Weismann
  • Sylvie Testud as Bella Zygler
  • Oliver Cywie as Simon Zygler
  • Mathieu and Romain Di Concetto as Nono Zygler
  • Adèle Exarchopoulos as Anna Traube at the age of 20
  • Anne Brochet as Dina Traube
  • Catherine Allegret as the concierge Tati
  • Isabelle Gélinas as Hélène Timonier
  • Barnabas Réti as Monsieur Goldstein
  • Mélanie Laurent as the nurse Annette Monod (m. 1995)
  • Jean Reno as Dr. Sheinbaum
  • Thierry Frémont as Capitaine Pierret, the fire chief
  • Catherine Hosmalin as the Baker’s Woman
  • Udo Schenk as Adolf Hitler
  • Thomas Darchinger as Heinrich Himmler
  • Holger Daemgen as Helmut Knochen
  • Dr. Roland Copé as Marshal Pétain
  • Jean-Michel Noirey as Pierre Laval , the Prime Minister
  • Frederic Moulin as René Bousquet
  • Patrick Courtois as Emile Hennequin , the police chief
  • Denis Ménochet as Corot, the commander of Beaune-la-Rolande


Roselyne Bosch wrote the script because she sympathized with the victims. Her husband’s Jewish family lived very close to the Weismanns’ house and Bosch’s father was incarcerated in a Franco detention camp . 2 At first the comic actor Gad Elmaleh did not want to play the serious role of Schumel Weismann, but after reading the script changed his mind. Bosch gave actress Melanie Laurent the role of Red Cross nurse Annette Monod, a ” fair among the nations .” 3

Shooting began in May 2009 and lasted 13 weeks. There were 9,000 extras and the crew rebuilt (in Hungary ) the Winter Velodrome and a concentration camp. 4


The film was released in France, Belgium , Luxembourg and Switzerland on 10 March 2010. It premiered in the United Kingdom and the United States in autumn 2010. 5

The rafle made more money than Shutter Island in the premiere weekend in France. 5 The rafle was released on DVD on September 7, 2010.

Its premiere in Mexico was in April of 2012 under the name “The children of the hope”.


  1. External links “Paris” – Edith Piaf
  2. “Quand Un Vicomte Rencontre Un Autre Vicomte” – Ray Ventura
  3. “Vals OP Posth (In the Minor)” – Frédéric Chopin
  4. “Tombé Du Ciel” – Charles Trenet
  5. “The Savane Op. 3” – Louis Moreau Gottschalk
  6. “Concerto De L’adieu (Fragments)” – Georges Delerue
  7. “Concerto for Violin” (second movement) – Philip Glass
  8. ” The Gold of the Rhine ” (Prelude) – Richard Wagner
  9. “Automne” – Alix Combelle
  10. “Insensiblement” – Ray Ventura
  11. ” Operation Terminated ” – John Ottman
  12. “Etats D’âme” – Jérôme Lemonnier
  13. ” Peer Gynt – Suite No.1, Op. 46, The Death of Asse ” – Edvard Grieg
  14. ” Claro De Luna ” (Piano / Chelo) – Claude Debussy
  • Official website of the film
  • Lizzy Davies (March 9, 2010). ‘The Rafle confronts wartime stain on French history’ . The Guardian . Retrieved on March 11, 2010 .


  1. Back to top↑ Nancy Tartaglione (November 4, 2009). «Alain Goldman mounts French Holocaust epic with Gaumont» . Screen Weekly . Consulted on November 7, 2009 .
  2. Back to top↑ See Wikipedia in English
  3. Back to top↑ ” ” The Round “tragiques Paris aux heures du Vel ‘d’Hiv ‘ ‘ (in French) . Ville de Paris. March 5, 2010 . Accessed March 6, 2010 .
  4. Back to top↑ John Lichfield (March 8, 2010). ‘Film awakens France’s shame in the Holocaust’ . The Independent . Retrieved on March 11, 2010 .
  5. ↑ Jump to:a b Paul Martin (March 26, 2010). «Interview with Sylvie Testud» . Indie Movies Online . Archived from the original on November 16, 2015 . Retrieved on March 29, 2010 .