La Tregua (The Truce) (1997)
Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 7
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 544
Italian chemist turned author Primo Levi was interred at Auschwitz during WW II until 1945. Following his release, he returned to his native Turin and penned the wrenching autobiographical account of life in the concentration camp If This Is a Man. In 1962, he wrote a companion book, The Truce, a chronicle of his hellish nine-month journey from the camp to Turin. Both books are crucial entries in the history of the Holocaust. This careful adaptation of the second book took filmmaker Francesco
Jan 1, 1997 Wide
Jun 3, 2003
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.
It fails to find a way of capturing the fine moral discriminations inherent to Levi's prose.
While The Truce tells a story that is occasionally compelling and disturbing, the film feels like it has been sanitized.
Despite all that Rosi and Turturro can do, the Levi we look at and listen to is not near the Levi we know.
Contains too many characters and scenes that are familiar from other films set in the same period.
Bears witness to the courage, patience, and resiliency of Holocaust survivors. It is another chapter in the film recreation of the nightmare of World War II.
What makes Primo Levi so special is not apparent in Rosi's film, because Levi never comes alive for us.
The film cannot replicate what Primo Levi put on the page and this tale of a man's rebirth is often, on the screen, slow and meandering.
Turturro's toned-down performance is contrasted with the vivacious presentation by the large ensemble, allowing us to watch the hero's transformation from a near-zombie to a life-affirming human being.
This is the kind of flawed yet magnificent work that only a great filmmaker can conjure up.
It doesn't smack you in the face with a powerful message, but instead works its way inside you more gradually.
Despite experiencing some of the most barbaric treatment in recorded history, Levi chooses to believe in life, hope and that the better angels of our natures will ultimately prevail.
Audience Reviews for La Tregua (The Truce)
Discuss La Tregua (The Truce) on our Movie forum!