For over three years, Borrowing Time follows Henri Landwirth as he seeks to take measure of his past, re-visit its haunting ground, and in doing so find release from its hold. The film ... See full summary »

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For over three years, Borrowing Time follows Henri Landwirth as he seeks to take measure of his past, re-visit its haunting ground, and in doing so find release from its hold. The film begins with Henri's hope that maybe someday the numbness that haunts him might go away and he can start feeling again. He confides that by returning to Poland and facing his past there it might in some way free him. Henri tells us about the day that two German soldiers decided to fire their rifles in the air and allow him to escape into the woods. Of course, while the German soldiers spared Henri's life, they never really set him free. Henri is an American hero. Someone who gives more than he gets. Someone who opens his life to a lot of personal pain while he seeks to help others. Henri Landwirth came to this country with twenty dollars in his pocket, a very poor command of the English language and a sixth grade education. He started working as a maid in a hotel in New York and quickly worked his way up... Written by DKH

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It's not about what's wrong with the world; it's about what's right!

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Documentary about the journey home for Henry and his sister
15 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a lovely and important film. Resonates so deeply with all that is GOOD about humankind. We sometimes forget about the simplicity (and beauty!) of human emotion because our lives have become so inundated with technology and the over stimulation of "modern times." Henry and his sister's story is endlessly inspiring and for us to be able to partake in his journey home,well, I probably cant properly articulate what that is like - it's best expressed in the lines on Henry's face and in the footsteps he takes back to Prague and to Germany. He really is "hope personified." Strongly recommend. Especially today, as there does seem to be so much that is askew in the world -- this film is timeless, but right now, it could never be more timely.


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