Filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev follows two Czech Holocaust survivors, Jan Weiner and Arnost Lustig, as they revisit Terezin, a labor camp where Arnost was interned for five years and Jan's mother was murdered.

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A psychological adventure unfolds as two friends take a risky road trip into the past. Together they revisit scenes of romance and humor, of narrow escapes and life-or-death confrontations. But their journey home becomes a contentious clash of personalities that will ultimately take their friendship to the brink of collapse. Written by Anonymous

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Loyalty, The Limits of Friendship, and Fighting Back.

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Arnost Lustig: Weiner's life story expressed some features of our time. He is not only a hero he is a hero of our time. He is a hero of time that creates millions of cowards, millions of indifferent people and you cannot blame them. People are not born to be heroes. People were born to live their lives as useful and as comfortable as possible and this makes millions of people indifferent. They are sorry when someone is killed, but they would be more sorry if they were killed. So they don't care, they don't ...
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A life less ordinary
20 September 2004 | by (Kent, England) – See all my reviews

Jan and Arnost are two of the most intricate and intriguing characters you will ever meet--trust me, I've met them both. This documentary takes them through the toughest part of their lives, the part that neither of them will ever forget. If you want drama, pathos, anger, passion and to get to know two of the best men ever, you must see this film. The director has gotten so deep into these two you see the start of lives falling apart, but held together by a strength which is unmatched. They are still so bitter and hurt, that their friendship is on the line because of differences from 60 years ago. Knowing these two men personally makes this a very difficult film to watch, but if you don't see it, you will be missing out.


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