The fencer

The fencer

DVD - 2018 | Estonian
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Fleeing from the Soviet secret police, Estonian fencer Endel Nelis returns to his homeland and finds work as a children's sports instructor. Quickly becoming a role model to his students, Nelis begins teaching them competitive fencing techniques despite the objections of school administrators. When the children are invited to a fencing tournament in Leningrad, Nelis must make a choice: put his safety first or risk everything to take the children to the competition.

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beaches4evr
Aug 04, 2018

Lovely movie. "BritCrime" and "Olga" said it perfectly!

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Jun 01, 2018

Quiet, subdued, yet triumphant story of a young man whose past is catching up with him, through no fault of his own. The oppressive times under Stalin shaped many lives, and this is one example. Having been a dissident earlier, Endel has escaped to Estonian's hinterland. He now teaches fencing in a middle school, and struggles to balance living a normal life with students who depend on him, having a relationship with a young woman, and hiding his earlier activities from the principal of the school who has loyalty to the State. Slowly we come to know this man, his reserve of strength, and the children and woman who melt his stoicism in the face of his challenges. We also learn of the injustice of the times and realize that many were not as lucky..

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olga3
Jun 08, 2017

A beautiful film. Based on a true story, the actors were incredibly believable, including the children and youngsters.
Some moments of great tension, as the post World War 11 oppressive Stalinist era is portrayed, without violence, but, the fear is palpable
The fencing classes and competitions are superb.
We highly recommend this movie.

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