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The Truce (1997)

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

Director:

Francesco Rosi

Writers:

Tonino Guerra, Primo Levi (autobiography) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Turturro ... Primo Levi
Rade Serbedzija ... The Greek
Massimo Ghini ... Cesare
Stefano Dionisi ... Daniele
Teco Celio Teco Celio ... Col. Rovi
Roberto Citran ... Unverdorben
Claudio Bisio Claudio Bisio ... Ferrari
Andy Luotto Andy Luotto ... D'Agata
Agnieszka Wagner ... Galina
Lorenza Indovina Lorenza Indovina ... Flora
Marina Gerasimenko Marina Gerasimenko ... Maria Fyodorovna
Igor Bezgin Igor Bezgin ... Yegorov
Aleksandr Ilin ... The Mongol
Vyacheslav Olkhovskiy Vyacheslav Olkhovskiy ... Lt. Sergei
Anatoliy Vasilev ... Dr. Gotlieb
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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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Drama | War

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

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Country:

Italy | France | Germany | Switzerland

Language:

English | Russian | German | Polish | Italian | Latin

Release Date:

24 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Turin, Piedmont, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,165, 26 April 1998

Gross USA:

$71,448
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film written and directed by Francesco Rosi. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Primo Levi: Face to face with freedom. We felt lost, emptied, atrophied, unfit for our new found liberty.
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References Top Hat (1935) See more »

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The Holocaust: with some detail you've never seen before...
24 March 2000 | by JerryP-2See all my reviews

I suppose everyone has seen one or more film representations of The Holocaust, but this one is different. It focuses not on the horror of the events themselves, rather, it's main thrust is struggle to return from the nightmare.

I liked the film for its apparent accuracy in location and the detail of what it was like for some of the Jews liberated from Auschwitz to find their way back to their homelands. Virtually helpless, the Jews in Primo Levi's autobiography embark on an odyssey that eventually gets them back to their homes -- at least some of them. All the more surprising is that Stalin's Soviet Union is their main benefactor throughout all of this. While this is supposed to be an autobiography, I have to wonder at some of the scenes, for example, when the train load of Jews arrives at the Munich main rail station, a former Werhmacht soldier kneels before them. In another, a Jew with barely enough food for himself, gives some bread to German POWs in Russia so that he can watch them fight over it. The irony is unmistakable.

Overall, I liked the film. It's one you have to see more than once because of all the detail. It's a bit difficult to follow the dialog in part, because much of it is in the language of the people who are represented: Poles, Russians, Ukrainians, French, Germans, Italians. Not only that, but the English dialog is accented and somewhat difficult to follow.

I intend to see it at least one or two more times in order to get the full effect of this very well done story.


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