Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
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Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
The meteoric emotional and intellectual development of Hungarian Jewish poet Hannah Senesh coincided neatly with the rapid-fire rise of anti-Semitic racial hostilities throughout Europe during WWII -- thus predestining Hannah for the life and role of a resistance fighter. The attempt that Hannah made to rescue Jews from the grim jaws of the Holocaust may have ultimately proven unsuccessful, but projected astounding nobility, fortitude, and self-sacrifice, and marked one of the only external rescue efforts of its kind mounted specifically for Hungarian Jews. An emigrant to Palestine, Senesh… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

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"Intent on seeing Senesh as a symbol of hope and resistance, Blessed Is the Match is content to focus on the tragic legend that her life became."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"In a way, the dry tone fits."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"(The film) goes beyond the symbol to find the flesh and blood woman who sacrificed her life for her beliefs and her people."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"It is impossible not to be moved and inspired by this story, and saddened by a life cut short."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, The Jewish Advocate
"The film makes clear in readings from Hannah Seneh's diaries and poems that her dedication to building a Jewish state has shaped her legacy."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Roberta Grossman's film is an ungainly hybrid of straight-up documentary and ingenuous re-enactment."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"Grossman has a robust story to tell, and she's found remarkable World War II footage to help her tell it."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR
"Roberta Grossman's film gracefully integrates tasteful re-enactments into a straight-up documentary approach, but, deliberately steers away from the more interesting questions of Senesh's character ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Roberta Grossman's film is a moving portrait of the heroic Hannah, often referred to as a modern Joan of Arc, but whose story also reminds us of another beloved Holocaust diarist and victim, Anne Frank."
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"Despite the technical lapses, the film's message is one that demands attention."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"Blessed Is the Match tells us just about everything we might want to know about her -- except why she did what she did."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Using archival footage, interviews and actors, writer Sophie Sartain and director Roberta Grossman celebrate Senesh's fierce courage without idealizing her."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Time Out New York
"An excellent tribute to a young woman who has been, for too long, an unsung hero of World War II."
‑ Phil Hall, IdentityTheory
"Roberta Grossman's film nicely emphasizes the Seneshes' familial bonds while painting a persuasive portrait of a vibrant yet socially isolated young woman."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"A captivating, inspirational, engrossing and profoundly illuminating experience."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru