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Fighter (2000)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 24 August 2001 (USA)
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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Arnost Lustig ... Self
Jan Wiener Jan Wiener ... Self


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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Heartbreaking, funny, complex documentary about war, personal philosophy, and the nature of friendship
11 October 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Touching documentary about 2 old friends in their 70s.

Jan is tough, and still carries his rage and anger from the WW II and the events after, when he was imprisoned by the communists.

Arnost, a writer and film-maker is more philosophical, and seems to have come to terms with the past.

Both were born in Czechoslovakia. One spent WWII in a concentration camp, the other, slightly older and tougher, escaped, and went on a wild and winding journey to find his way to England, where he joined the RAF as a fighter pilot, Both men returned to Czechoslovakia after the war, only to flee to America to escape the communist dictatorship. In the US they met up, and given their common background became best friends.

Now they travel together to retrace the journey of Jan 'the Fighter' of the two. Along the way, the difference in how they look at things, from the communist party after the war, to the exact meaning a simple moment in Jan's journey slowly drives a wedge into their friendship.

A film about the nature of truth and memory, the complexity of friendship, and the way different personalities assimilate different situation. This is a unique and complex documentary that is both fascinating, surprisingly humorous at moments and heartbreaking.

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