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SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AFP) — Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival Monday turned to the Holocaust with Paolo Barzman’s searing “Emotional Arithmetic” about three friends who are reunited decades after meeting in a Nazi concentration camp.

The movie, based on a novel by the late Canadian author Matt Cohen, revolves around a middle-aged woman, played by Susan Sarandon, who catches up with two fellow survivors of Drancy — a transit camp outside Paris — in Quebec some 40 years later.

“It is a movie about how to co-exist with someone who carries inside them this pain of having lived through the experience of a concentration camp,” said French-Canadian director Barzman.

“You cannot live your entire life with this horror inside your head but it is at the same time evident that memory is part of our present,” he added.