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The Fencer

  • Drama
  • History
  • 2015
  • Klaus Haro
  • 98 mins
  • PG

Summary

Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

The messy politics of the postwar Baltic region catch up with a small-town fencing teacher in this Finnish-Estonian drama. For one thing, director Klaus Haro brings to light the terrible injustices faced by Estonians conscripted by the Nazi invaders during the Second World War and who are then hunted down by the secret police when the Soviets assume control. The focus is on real-life fencing champ Endel Nelis (the suitably reserved Mart Avandi) who tries to escape attention, teaching kids in the countryside. But, when his young charges show aptitude for the ways of thrust and parry, they are invited to the All-Soviet championship in Leningrad and Nelis must ask himself whether he is willing to put his life at risk. It's the sort of well-meaning movie where the resolution is never in doubt, but by blending an inspirational-tutor narrative with sporting underdog action it makes for a solid, watchable, if somewhat superficial peek into a rarely explored chapter of history.

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Credits

Cast

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Endel NelisMart Avandi
KadriUrsula Ratasepp
PrincipalHendrik Toompere
Jaan's grandfatherLembit Ulfsak
MartaLiisa Koppel
JaanJoonas Koff
AlekseiKirill Karo
LeaAnn-Lisett Rebane

Crew

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DirectorKlaus Haro

Details

Theatrical distributor
Munro Film Services
Released on
2016-09-30
Languages
Armenian | Russian | Estonian
Formats
Colour
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