Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh (2009)
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Kyle Bring writes, directs, produces, and stars in this Christian-themed short film, which follows the parallel paths of a detective (Chris Dooley) and his criminal prey (Clayton Oberquell) as they find themselves surprisingly united by their quests to discover God's purpose in their lives. ~ Sandra Bencic, Rovi
Jan 28, 2009 Wide
Apr 13, 2010
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Intent on seeing Senesh as a symbol of hope and resistance, Blessed Is the Match is content to focus on the tragic legend that her life became.
Roberta Grossman's film is an ungainly hybrid of straight-up documentary and ingenuous re-enactment.
Blessed Is the Match tells us just about everything we might want to know about her -- except why she did what she did.
Grossman has a robust story to tell, and she's found remarkable World War II footage to help her tell it.
Using archival footage, interviews and actors, writer Sophie Sartain and director Roberta Grossman celebrate Senesh's fierce courage without idealizing her.
(The film) goes beyond the symbol to find the flesh and blood woman who sacrificed her life for her beliefs and her people.
Roberta Grossman's film gracefully integrates tasteful re-enactments into a straight-up documentary approach, but, deliberately steers away from the more interesting questions of Senesh's character ...
An excellent tribute to a young woman who has been, for too long, an unsung hero of World War II.
It is impossible not to be moved and inspired by this story, and saddened by a life cut short.
Roberta Grossman's film is a moving portrait of the heroic Hannah, often referred to as a modern Joan of Arc, but whose story also reminds us of another beloved Holocaust diarist and victim, Anne Frank.
Roberta Grossman's film nicely emphasizes the Seneshes' familial bonds while painting a persuasive portrait of a vibrant yet socially isolated young woman.
The film makes clear in readings from Hannah Seneh's diaries and poems that her dedication to building a Jewish state has shaped her legacy.
Despite the technical lapses, the film's message is one that demands attention.
A captivating, inspirational, engrossing and profoundly illuminating experience.
A documentary that pays tribute to an idealistic young woman whose courage enabled her to sacrifice her life while trying to rescue Jews in her native Hungary during World War II.
Meticulously researched actions of this idealistic young woman surmount the film's tone of an official eulogy, but it struggles throughout to bring her back to life size.
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