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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Beautifully told parable of redemption and emotional rebirth
17 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

Borrowing Time is an extremely moving and poignant film. While the subject matter revolves around the emotional fallout from distant holocaust-related memories, I wouldn't characterize it as a "holocaust" film per se. Rather, it's a study in the importance of facing, accepting and releasing hatreds from the past and how we all need to forgive in order to free ourselves from deep seated emotional pain.

The principal characters, particularly Henri and Margot, connect emotionally with the audience. They are portrayed in a way that makes you really care about them and their struggles. They seem completely involved in their quest, unaware of the camera, which helped me feel as though I was simply accompanying them rather than watching a filmed account.

Aside from its relevant message, the film's production values are first rate. Direction, cinematography, editing and original music are all creatively handled and effectively move the story forward. There are some stunningly artistic visuals with heightened emotional impact thanks in part to the heart-rending music. The bottom line is I was completely invested in the story and had tears in my eyes for the final third of the movie. Highly recommended viewing.


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