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    The Fencer

    The Fencer chronicles the life of the legendary Estonian fencing master Endel Nelis, who in the 1950s founded a school for aspiring young swordsmen that still thrives today. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice.
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  • Actors of "The Fencer"

  • Directors of "The Fencer"

    Klaus Härö. Director of The Fencer
    Klaus Härö
    Birthdate: 31 March 1971, Porvoo, Finland
  • Creators of "The Fencer"

    Anna Heinämaa. Director of The Fencer
    Anna Heinämaa
  • Critic Reviews of "The Fencer"

    September 29, 2016

    This well-acted, smoothly crafted drama tells a story of cross-generational bonding in the face of historical oppression, in touching if unsurprising fashion.

    Hollywood Reporter
    September 29, 2016

    The man and his motivations remain oddly elusive in this blankly heroic, clunkingly predictable portrait.

    Time Out
    September 26, 2016

    'School of Rock' with swords.

    Chicago Reader
    March 03, 2016

    An affecting portrait of a decent man who risks his life to uphold a bond of trust with his students. Though squarely in the tradition of Dead Poets Society and The Bad News Bears, the film offers higher stakes and, consequently, a bigger payoff.

    Irish Times
    December 27, 2016

    The historical context does add a unique texture to the familiar trajectory of Anna Heinamaa's sturdy screenplay, as does Tuomo Hutri's wintry photography.

    Concrete Playground
    November 30, 2016

    Don't discount the impact a predictable tale can have when it's couched in empathetic performances and built from small, intimate moments.

    The Australian
    November 29, 2016

    It's an assured piece of work and, as confidently directed by Klaus Haro, it intrigues for much of its length, building to a suspenseful climax.

    Sydney Morning Herald
    November 29, 2016

    It's an effective vehicle for exploring the troubled relationship between two countries, and that may be the point, at the expense of accuracy.

    Herald Sun (Australia)
    November 29, 2016

    The alluring looks of The Fencer can be deceiving, as the groundwork for an ominous and intensely riveting final act is laid out.

    ABC Radio (Australia)
    November 24, 2016

    I wish I'd known The Fencer was a true story before it began ... It would have made its sentimental and seemingly formulaic story feel much less on the nose.

    Urban Cinefile
    November 20, 2016

    Inspiration is the life-affirming theme of this charming story in which a fencer in Soviet occupied Estonia inspires the children he teaches to learn a new skill and face new challenges

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