The Soviets refuse to help, and they evacuate the camp as German dive-bombers strike.
A delaying force stays behind, led by Asael, to slow down the German ground troops.
" Nechama Tec, on whose book the film is based, stated in an interview with Rzeczpospolita that she was initially shocked by the film, especially by the intense battle scenes including combat with a German tank.
These never occurred in reality; the partisans tried to avoid combat and were focused on survival.
They faced any number of difficult moral dilemmas that the movie seeks to dramatise: Does one have to become a monster to fight monsters?
Does one have to sacrifice his humanity to save humanity?
After a winter of sickness, starvation, attempted betrayal, and constant hiding, the camp learns that the Germans are about to attack them in force.
Co-producer Pieter Jan Brugge felt the shooting locations, between 150 and 200 kilometres from the actual sites, lent authenticity; some local extras were descended from families the group had rescued. Scott also said the film unfairly implied that "if only more of the Jews living in Nazi-occupied Europe had been as tough as the Bielskis, more would have survived".
The New Yorker critic David Denby praised the film, saying: "it makes instant emotional demands, and those who respond to it, as I did, are likely to go all the way and even come out of it feeling slightly stunned." Denby praised its performances, which he described as "a kind of realistic fairy tale set in a forest newly enchanted by the sanctified work of staying alive." The Times and The Guardian reported that Poles fear "Hollywood has airbrushed out some unpleasant episodes from the story", such as the Bielski partisans' alleged affiliation with those Soviet partisans directed by the NKVD, who committed atrocities against Poles in eastern Poland, including the region where Bielski's unit operated.
Having stripped down in the Caribbean sun last week, Daniel Craig was back in a grey suit for the European premiere of Defiance at London's Leicester Square last night.
He shared a tender moment with his red carpet partner, Satsuki Mitchell, and smiled with his costars Jamie Bell and new dad Liev Schreiber.