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another masterpiece from director Klaus Härö (Letters to Father Jacob, Mother of Mine.). Here is a true story of an estonian fencer during the soviet occupation (stalin era). Story of love, faith, commitment, and courage - in a quiet way.
An inspiring story based on the life of Estonian fencer Endel Nelis. Well acted and a validation of hope in the darkest of times.
We have seen this movie before, but I am a sucker for "mysterious teacher with a hidden past teaches his students to see" flicks.
Not every film needs to hit you upside the head to be enjoyed. I wasn't aware The Fencer was fact-based until the end, but I enjoyed its quiet telling of the tale.
Wow ! A foil fencing movie? Its about time we get a movie about this dynamic sport.
At its core, it's another inspirational young underdog sports movie, but the surface is very polished with tense historical context, precise cinematography, and a great cast.
Saw this movie at a film festival about 2 years ago. Has a similar vibe as the movie Hoosiers but more intense because of ever looming threat of the secret police
Came across by chance, really well crafted film. Thourghly enjoyed it.
Well made and entertaining, if a tad predictable at times - 'School of Rock with swords', as David Clack puts it in Time Out, is right on the money. It is saved by good performances - the children in particular are a treat, the novelty of seeing an Estonian film and the overall story which is intriguing throughout.
i wanna fence like lil Marta! 'nuff said :)