99 minutes, Estonian/Armenian/Russian True Story Drama with English Subtitles
Set shortly after World War II, this is the true story of Endel Nelis (Märt Avandi), a professional fencer who is fleeing from the Russian secret police. Relocating to his country of origin – Estonia, he keeps a low profile working as a physical education teacher at a local school. But after some time, Endel is faced with a difficult decision as his past catches up with him.
Filmed entirely in Estonia, this Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film never portrays or travels far into the more upsetting themes that the synopsis may suggest it goes. It’s a little like THE BOOK THIEF in this aspect. Only a moderate degree of tension is mounted throughout some of the last half as Endel’s past sporadically becomes the foreground of the picture. By the end, THE FENCER isn’t a necessarily a movie destined to evoke intense feelings or emotions, but rather a film to view and appreciate for its lead character and his true story.
3 out of 5
PG – Mild Themes
Moviedoc wishes to thank Paige from Palace Films and Palace Films for the advanced screening pass to view & review THE FENCER.
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