The Truce Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for The Truce the Movie

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Adaptation of the novel by Primo Levi, based on his true account of traveling home across Europe after the liberation of Auschwitz at the end of WWII. Tells the story of Levi's arduous journey home to Turin through Eastern Europe, as well as his slow rediscovery of life and hope. Has the trappings of a grand historical epic, but works best as a quiet introspective look at a man trying to reclaim his humanity after experiencing unimaginable horror. Flashback scenes in the camp are appropriately harrowing, but the film loses focus when joining Levi and his ragtag compadres on the road home, sometimes slipping into banal sentimentality or outright melodrama, two things a story this powerful doesn't need. Turturro, who committed to the project several years ago, gives the performance of his career, understated and convincing. Levi committed suicide in 1987, shortly after giving Rosi's adaptation his blessing.


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Available on VHS
Running time 117 minutes.
Originally from Italian, French, German, Swiss.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Road Trip, Germany, Russia/USSR, Concentration/Internment Camps, The Holocaust, Trains, World War II, Postwar, Men in Prison, Berlin, Italy
Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia, Tonino Guerra, Francesco Rosi
John Turturro, Rade Serbedzija, Massimo Ghini, Stefano Dionisi, Teco Celio, Claudio Bisio, Roberto Citran, Andy Luotto, Agnieszka Wagner
Pasqualino De Santis, Marco Pontecorvo
Francesco Rosi
Luis Bacalov
Leo Pescarolo, Martin Scorsese

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