The Truce (1997)
"La tregua" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  24 April 1998 (USA)
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Based on Primo Levi's autobiographical "The Reawakening".



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This is the true story of Italian Jews returning home from Auschwitz after the war. It deals with their experiences in readjusting to life and their fears about what they will find at home. Written by Anonymous

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At the end of the war, a group of Italian prisoners get lost on their way home. Their journey back transformed everyone they met along the way.


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Rated R for some language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

ITL 684,569,000 (Italy) (14 February 1997)


$71,448 (USA) (1 May 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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One Sensitive Human Being's Post-Auschwitz Experience
1 September 2008 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

"The Truce" is unlike any other Holocaust film I've ever seen in at least two respects. First, it is focused on the return to their homes via the Soviet Union of a group of survivors from Auschwitz. Second, the events are distilled through the eyes of a particular victim, Primo Levi, an Italian chemist and disbelieving Jew, who recorded his experiences in an autobiographical memoir, "The Reawakening," transformed into a film by the Italian director, Francesco Rosi. Levi himself is portrayed by John Turturro, the only name likely to be recognized by an American audience. Turturro is a skilled actor and his performance is marked by emotional restraint. There are some telling scenes in the movie (and improbable coincidences relating to reappearance of characters who had previously departed the scene for destinations unknown). What holds the film together and makes it worth seeing is Levi's sensibility and occasional direct quotes: e.g., "In a world where there is Auschwitz, there is no God." This is not a great movie but it is very good.

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