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The Truce

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Editorial Reviews

Award-winning director Martin Scorsese presents an epic, true story based on the life of Jewish-Italian author Primo Levi.

John Turturro (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) delivers a powerful performance as a man whose life is changed forever by World War II. His incredible adventure begins after the war ends as he embarks on a thousand-mile journey back home to Italy. Along the way he faces great odds...but rediscovers the simple joys of life that the war threatened to destroy forever—friendship, love, laughter and, most important of all, a sense of hope. This motion picture masterpiece promises to stir your soul and touch your heart.


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Product Details

  • Actors: John Turturro, Rade Serbedzija, Massimo Ghini
  • Directors: Francesco Rosi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GRF2XM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Chapulina R on February 4, 2001
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
If posible, I would award ten stars to the film version of Primo Levi's "La Tregua". This is a superb movie about what happened to the prisoners of Auschwitz after their liberation by the Red Army. The role of Primo, an Italian Jew, is played brilliantly by John Turturro. Along with survivors of various nationalities, the band of liberated Italians is taken to a transition camp run by Soviet medical personnel. Here the survivors recover from their ordeal, rebuilding their strength for the long journey home. A chemist by profession, Primo joins the Soviet medical staff until the train finally arrives to transport everyone home. Unfortunately, the railroad track has been everywhere destroyed by war, necessitating a prolonged and circuituous route through Minsk. During the trip, the Holocaust survivors are dependent on the limited supplies of the Red Army and the generosity of impoverished Soviet citizens.
The Italian language is "dubbed" in accented English for this American film, and a variety of foreign languages -- Russian, Polish, Ukranian, German, French -- are spoken without subtitles. This very realistically conveys the confusion and frustration experienced by the survivors. The audience, like Primo, must rely on translators or simply decipher some dialogue from context or pantomime. By utilizing panoramic filming of scenery, changing gradually from dreary winter to spring to early summer, the movie gives a strong sense of the interminable duration of the journey home. Recurrent throughout the film are eerie black-and-white flashbacks to the horror of Auschwitz. Some of these are wrenching. Overall,though, the theme is of hope, and of camaraderie and kindness helping to heal the wounds of the Holocaust. Watching "Truce" is an emotional experience, depicting true events that must never be forgotten.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By taskew@hotmail.com on June 30, 1999
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I rarely write reviews. This film compels in more ways than words can express. It has it all: soul, humor, a teaching conscience, which is rare in film today. It is well-made and well-directed, and the acting is superb and convincing. I saw it several times in the theater and anticipate owning my own copy. This is the kind of film that should be required viewing in today's college history classes when World War II is covered--learning "what happened next" is as important as the events themselves, so that we can see the results of our actions, or our inactions.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Vlad on March 16, 2003
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THE best film I've seen in years .
Primo ( John Turturro in his best role )is a survivor of Auschwitz , survivor of Holocaust . He is Italian Jew saved by Russians at the end of WWII . All he wants is so simple - just to go home . But railroads are destroyed and he has to make a detour true Minsk ( Minsk is a capital of Belorussia . Minsk is a hometown of my mother . Minsk is the city where only 4 buildings was still standing after WWII . Minsk is the city which my mother had to leave when she was 2 years old and hide under the horse cart during the air strikes ... she still can't talk about it .)At the same time he need to learn how to live usual life , how to look without scare , without pain . How to live at all .
What makes this film 10 stars out of 5 ... little details , the feeling , the scare in everyone's eyes . I know this feeling . I know this scare . I don't want to remember it , but this film brought it back . And especially now I think everyone have to learn it ... before it is too late .
This film is very slow and very deep . Acting on highest level - I even forgot that this is actors "acting". What shocked me most - the details , just little things which are so important ,
This film have to be watched by everyone and taken deep into our hearts . This kind of story might and have to change our world for better .
"russianwriter"
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Excellent, excellent, and I don't say this lightly. This film covers the time period AFTER the war. I have traveled throughout the area in which the film took place and it truly captures the gray, cold mood of the area in winter. As the main character, Primo, progresses through his post war disillusion into a semblance of understanding, nature also heals and spring begins. A post Holocaust film which reminds us once again what it means to be human and kind...Not for children.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By emma on January 14, 2006
Format: DVD
"God does not exist, if Aushwitz exists," says Primo on the train. Truce shows something else . . . how a man's soul cannot be destroyed. Truce is a travelogue through the chaos of post war Europe. Beginning in Aushwitz, Primo and has band of brothers traverse the wilds of Poland, Russia, and, finally, Munich en route to their home. Their souls are slowly reborn. They find love, compassion and a simple appreciation of nature before landfall in Italy. By chance, by laugh, they complete their journey from death to life. The only negative(a small one) in this movie was the use of voice over narration by Primo. The visuals tell the story; the voice over narration was unwarranted. I would have liked to have seen more of Primo Levi beginning his life in Turin, but this would have been a different odyssey.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ian K. Cartwright on July 10, 2005
Format: DVD
Having read most of the reviews in relation to "The Truce" - I think I am going to find myself in a minority of one.

I bought this DVD because I thought that the storyline was interesting and because of the good reviews.

However,having now watched it twice I found that most of the acting and the scenarios defided credibility.

Right from the start when we saw the alledged inmates of Auschwitz virtually running to the open gates - a situation which,to anyone who has seen original footage of the liberation by the Russians,would know that,most of the unfortunate inmates could hardly stand let alone run.This immediately struck an un-realistic chord.Shortly afterwards we are introduced to a large Greek gentleman(with the boots)- a totally unbelievable character,with an OTT performance by the actor concerned,played more as a caricature rather than an actual character - and there were numerous others who were just not convincing.In fact the main character (Primo) was the one performance which was excellent and believable,who did convey the fact that he had just come from Auschwitz,most of the others gave the impression that they had just come from a holiday camp.

Also there were too many musical pieces in the film,which gave me the impression that the director wasn't sure whether to go for serious drama or a semi- musical.(At times I almost expected Topol to come in singing "If I was a rich man" or similar!)The scene with the swords-man dancing to "Cheek to Cheek" was one such case and rather pointless.
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