The Truce

Picking up where most Holocaust films leave off, this stirring version of Primo Levi’s autobiographical novel The Reawakening recounts how one Auschwitz survivor returned to life. John Turturro gives a haunting performance as an Italian Jew who slowly rediscovers joys as simple as a cup of wine, and as profound as an intimate interlude with a woman. These are the stuff of hope. Directed by Francesco Rosi, the last great Italian neorealist, The Truce comes increasingly alive as Levi returns to his family. That climactic reunion can only be bittersweet, but still, the film uplifts. A-

The Truce
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