YMMV / The Devil's Arithmetic

  • Faux Symbolism: At the start of the film, Hannah is about to get a tattoo but is stopped because she is late for dinner. As well as being a foreshadowing of the concentration camp tattoos the Jews are forced to get, it also indicates Hannah's lack of enthusiasm for Judaism—traditionally Jews are forbidden to get tattoos.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The WHAM Shot of little Sarah walking away from the wedding only to find Nazi wagons approaching. It's at this point that the audience realises just what is about to happen to all the Jews - Hannah included.
    • During the ride in the cattle car, a pregnant lady realises that she must make herself look smaller and she spends the entirety of her time in the film trying to hide her pregnancy.
    • The women being forced to strip as they enter the camp is quite frightening, due to the scary attitude of the guards.
    • Hannah's realisation that the escape attempt won't work and the men are doomed to fail - as they don't listen to her anyway.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • As the Jews are getting dragged off the cattle car, you see Leah and Shmuel clutching onto each other. It's the last time they'll ever get to be together. There's also something very tragic about Leah still wearing her wedding dress as she's taken to the camp.
    • Rivka's mother being taken away. It's one of the few times Rivka breaks, and she screams desperately as it happens.
    • [[spoiler: Hannah's eventual death in the gas chambers, along with Sarah. Throughout the whole thing she hugs the little girl tightly, trying to make sure she's not scared.