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La Tregua (The Truce) (1997)

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This film is the follow-up to If This Is a Man, the wrenching autobiographical account of Italian chemist-turned-author Primo Levi's interment at Auschwitz. The Truce chronicles his hellish nine-month journey after his release to his homeland. Along his journey, his appreciation of life slowly returns.
Rating:
R (For some language and sexual content)
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
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Runtime:
Studio:
Miramax

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Cast

John Turturro
as Primo Levi
Rade Serbedzija
as The Greek
Massimo Ghini
as Cesare
Teco Celio
as Col. Rovi
Roberto Citran
as Unverdorben
Claudio Bisio
as Ferrari
Andy Luotto
as D'Agata
Marina Gerasymenko
as Maria Fiodorovna
Igor Bezgin
as Egorov
Alexandr Ilijn
as The Mongol
Franco Trevisi
as Marshall
Federico Pacifici
as Lieutenant
Ernesto Lama
as Carmine
Vitalij Rozstalnyj
as Gen. Timoshenko
Joachim Wormsdorf
as German General
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Critic Reviews for La Tregua (The Truce)

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Turturro gives what may be the screen performance of his career.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

While The Truce tells a story that is occasionally compelling and disturbing, the film feels like it has been sanitized.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 2, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for La Tregua (The Truce)

While The Truce tells a story that is occasionally compelling and disturbing, the film feels like it has been sanitized.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

[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] [font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][/color][/font] [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] [font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][/color][/font] [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] [font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][/color][/font] [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] [font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][/color][/font] [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] [font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff][/color][/font] [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]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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