Rent The Fencer (2015)

3.7 of 5 from 131 ratings
1h 34min
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Klaus Haro's "The Fencer" is a touching true life drama about Endel Nelis, a young man who arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion - fencing, which causes a conflict with the school's principal. Envious, the principal starts investigating Endel's background... Endel learns to love the children and looks after them; most are orphans as a result of the Russian occupation. Fencing becomes a form of self-expression for the children and Endel becomes a role model.
The children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, and Endel must make a choice; risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them.
, , , Liisa Koppel, , Ursula Ratasepp, Maria Avdjushko, Joonas Koff, , Hendrik Toompere Sr., Raimo Pass, Piret Kalda, Kaie Mihkelson, , Svetlana Doroshenko, , Paul Laasik, , Egert Kadastu, Kaspar Tõnisson
Kaarle Aho, Kai Nordberg
Anna Heinämaa
Spirit Entertainment Limited
Drama, Sports & Sport Films
Release Date:
Run Time:
94 minutes
Estonian Dolby Digital 2.0, Estonian Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
96 minutes

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Reviews (6) of The Fencer

A Nice Surprise - The Fencer review by JP

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'The Fencer,' based in a true story was a nice surprise as we knew little about it. There aren't too many films based in Estonia. The characters are very interesting and well acted, although the ending is a bit predictable. If you enjoy a heart-warming tale, then this one is for you. It shows us something about life post-WWII in Russian ruled Baltic states and how fencing brought joy into the lives of some school children.

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Almost a ten out of ten! - The Fencer review by JR

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Beautiful cinematograhy and very well acted. The children are presented unsentimentally, and the dramatic tension is strong although it is a quiet and thoughtful film dealing with the tragedy of the fall out from WWII. The love story is tender and believable. I loved it right up until the last climax of a David v Goliath fencing match when it became a bit cliched . But I could forgive that when the rest of the film was so good.

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Worth Watching - The Fencer review by TE

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There's plenty to enjoy in The Fencer, particularly the careful set-up in the first half of the film.

The atmosphere of the school is very well created, with its mixture of Stalinist repression and glimpses of possible changes just around the corner.

Much of the film's promise is lost, however, in a determinedly 'feel good' finale at the tournament in Leningrad. It all becomes a bit too sentimental and predictable.

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