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La Tregua (The Truce)

La Tregua (The Truce) (1997)

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40

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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56

liked it
Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 544

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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

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Art House & International, Drama

Mario Benedetti

Jun 3, 2003

Miramax

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (7) | DVD (2)

It fails to find a way of capturing the fine moral discriminations inherent to Levi's prose.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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While The Truce tells a story that is occasionally compelling and disturbing, the film feels like it has been sanitized.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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Turturro gives what may be the screen performance of his career.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Despite all that Rosi and Turturro can do, the Levi we look at and listen to is not near the Levi we know.

January 1, 2000
The New Republic
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Contains too many characters and scenes that are familiar from other films set in the same period.

June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

March 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

What makes Primo Levi so special is not apparent in Rosi's film, because Levi never comes alive for us.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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.

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

This is the kind of flawed yet magnificent work that only a great filmmaker can conjure up.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

It doesn't smack you in the face with a powerful message, but instead works its way inside you more gradually.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Primo Levi's autobiography.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for La Tregua (The Truce)

[font=Century Gothic][color=blue]"Or(My Treasure)" is a movie from Israel about teenaged Or(Dana Ivgy) and her mother Ruthie(Ronit Elkabetz). At the beginning of the movie, Or is picking up her mother at a hospital where she has been treated for depression. Due to Ruthie's problems, of which there are many, Or has taken on the duties of breadwinner for the household - collecting empty bottles for refunds in the morning; working in a neighborhood restaurant in the evening. As you can imagine, this leaves little time for school and Ruthie is not really aware what affect her behavior is having on her daughter. Or is at an age when she is starting to take control of her life and is beginning to become familiar with the opposite sex.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff]"Or(My Treasure)" is a worthy examination of life on the economic edge with excellent performances. But there are questions that are not answered - like how long has Ruthie been like this? Plus, there is a decision late in the movie that I just don't believe. [/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][color=darkslategray]"The Two of Us" starts out in Nazi-occupied France in 1943, just as young Claude attempts to shoplift a toy tank or two.(He would have been better off stealing a real one...) Claude is Jewish and his father dearly wants his son to keep himself out of trouble so as not to attract undue attention. Since there is also bombing going on, the parents decide to send Claude to the country to spend time with a friend's father for safekeeping. The catch is that the old man is a virulent anti-semite and Claude cannot give away that he is Jewish.[/color][/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][color=#2f4f4f]"The Two of Us" is a funny touching coming-of-age movie about a very serious subject. As an added plus, there is a degree of complexity surrounding the old man - he is an unapologetic bigot but he also has a heart of gold but it turns out that Claude is actually much wiser than his aged host.[/color][/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][color=black]"The Truce" is based on Primo Levi's autobiographical telling of his journey back from Auschwitz after it has been liberated by the Soviet army to his native Italy. Along the way, he encounters various characters who are either returning to their homelands or trying to return to their old lives. [/color][/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][color=#000000]On the plus side, "The Truce" is about a part of history that is rarely focused on - the repatriation of refugees after World War II. It is also quite nice looking. However, the movie is hardly subtle. Yes, we realize the significance of Auschwitz being liberated, so we don't need the orchestral flourishes to emphasize this.(And yes I thought the four horsemen was laying it on a bit much.) Also, John Turturro really seems like a supporting player when the movie should be about his character and he is often upstaged by Rada Serbedzija playing a rakish Greek citizen, also heading home. [/color] [/color][/font]
June 7, 2005
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