Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.
Fleeing from the Russian secret police because of his controversial past, a young Estonian fencer named Endel is forced to return to his homeland, where he begins to train a group of young children in the art of fencing. The past however catches up with him and Endel has to choose between letting his students down or putting his life in danger. The movie is partially based on the real life story of an Estonian fencer Endel Nelis (1925-1993).Written by
Historical and poetical drama nominated for the Golden Globes, The Fencer tells the true story of Endel Neils, played by the charismatic Märt Avandi. Endel comes back to his hometown in Estonia and try to open a fencer club in the school he works for, even though the Soviet Domination and the censorship cast a shadow over the country. The historical point of view and the period costumes give a certain charm to the love story that remains in the background. But, contrary to what we may think, the true love story is the one that joins together Endel and his students. Thank to fencing, both the children and the teacher will find a shelter where they can forget about the difficult historical context. Ant it was not in vain since the club is still open ! Full review on our blog : https://losindiscretos.org/2016/07/22/the- fencer-2015-klaus-haron/#fenceren
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