La Tregua (The Truce)
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Italian chemist turned author Primo Levi was interred at Auschwitz during WW II until 1945. Following his release, he returned to his native Turin and penned the wrenching autobiographical account of life in the concentration camp If This Is a Man. In 1962, he wrote a companion book, The Truce, a chronicle of his hellish nine-month journey from the camp to Turin. Both books are crucial entries in the history of the Holocaust. This careful adaptation of the second book took filmmaker Francesco Rosi 10 years to make. Levi's trek begins when shortly after the Germans leave, four Russian… More

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"It fails to find a way of capturing the fine moral discriminations inherent to Levi's prose."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Despite all that Rosi and Turturro can do, the Levi we look at and listen to is not near the Levi we know."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"What makes Primo Levi so special is not apparent in Rosi's film, because Levi never comes alive for us."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"This is the kind of flawed yet magnificent work that only a great filmmaker can conjure up."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"Primo Levi's autobiography."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"While The Truce tells a story that is occasionally compelling and disturbing, the film feels like it has been sanitized."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Contains too many characters and scenes that are familiar from other films set in the same period."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"The film cannot replicate what Primo Levi put on the page and this tale of a man's rebirth is often, on the screen, slow and meandering."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"It doesn't smack you in the face with a powerful message, but instead works its way inside you more gradually."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Turturro gives what may be the screen performance of his career."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Bears witness to the courage, patience, and resiliency of Holocaust survivors. It is another chapter in the film recreation of the nightmare of World War II."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Turturro's toned-down performance is contrasted with the vivacious presentation by the large ensemble, allowing us to watch the hero's transformation from a near-zombie to a life-affirming human being."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Despite experiencing some of the most barbaric treatment in recorded history, Levi chooses to believe in life, hope and that the better angels of our natures will ultimately prevail."
‑ , E! Online
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