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Fighter (1999)

Cast: Arnost Lustig, Arnost Lustig
Director: Amir Bar-Lev, Amir Bar-Lev
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Studio: First Run Features
Genre: Documentary, Biographies, Military
Running Time: 86 min.
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Two survivors of WWII atrocities meet in Fighter, an emotional road-trip documentary from director Amir Bar-Lev. The film follows friends Jan Wiener and Arnost Lustig as they journey from Prague to Italy -- the exact path that Wiener used to escape from a Nazi labor camp. Lustig is an author who seeks to write about his friend Wiener's experiences, but over the course of the film, each man shares his tale of oppression, escape, and emotional recovery. Both men recount tales of watching their parents die in ghettos, and being told that they wouldn't live to see adulthood. Far from being agreeable old chums, however, the two men philosophically bicker; after one such argument, they vowed that they would never speak to each other again, and filming halted until the two reconciled. ~ Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide

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Sleeper documentary by underdog April 8, 2003 - 2:35 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
A real sleeper, this is, a film about the holocaust and WWII that feels fresh and inspiring. Young documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev tells the story of two elderly men, both European Jews, both with amazing stories, but who experienced the war in radically different ways. They return together to the scenes of their adventures, and tragedies, to reflect back on the very meaning of history. These diametrically opposed men bicker and "spar" over things small and large, and are never less than a treat to watch. The film is not surprisingly moving, but more surprisingly funny, enlightening and engaging. If the end isn't quite as satisfying as one would have liked, hey, isn't that like life? -- and the film overall is rewarding, a worthy entrant to the holocaust history documentary genre.

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