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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Hope Against All Odds In Borrowing Time
1 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film transcends trauma - the subject, Henry and his sister Margot, twins separated during the Nazi invasion of their home - torn from a world of ordinary and quickly dropped into disarray, horror, isolation, panic, and survival against all odds. The juxtaposition from those years to the present, the use of black and white footage, still images of the human condition attempting to process memories of atrocities and trauma, forgiveness and the many layers embedded deep within one's psyche and cellular memory, and love so amazingly deep that it is the binding force that propelled this man to find his sister after the war, and what fuels him today in his care for terminally ill children. This filmmaker masterfully documents an intimate, at times gut wrenching, beautifully scored, personal story about the life and work of this extraordinary man.


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