THE FENCER REVIEWED
“The Fencer” follows a young Estonian man who breaks away from the Soviet Bloc to live life as a teacher in a nearby area. While becoming a fencing instructor and a Miyagi like instructor to his students, they prosper. Unfortunately, the school has been invited to an international match in Leningrad. The teacher fears that the Soviet Secret Police will make him pay for past crimes, but he wants to support his students. What follows is a portrait of real bravery.
There’s a ton going on in this movie and I’m not sure if everything hit me correctly. It’s got everything that most people want in period melodrama. Kids, teachers, forced Nazi conscription and the looming threat of death. It’s the kind of movie Disney would’ve made if they wanted people to see Queen of Katwe. I’d recommend a stream or rental.
- Select Scene Director Video Commentaries
- 1.85:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 4/3/18
The Plot Thus Far
Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.