A touching drama based on the true story of Endel Nelis, a champion fencer 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 (mostly war orphans) and starts teaching them his great passion – fencing, But when several kids show promise and skill, Endel must decide whether to risk taking them to Leningrad for a competition.
Suffused in gorgeous cinematography and featuring superb performances from the emtire , this sharp-sweet drama really hits it’s mark.
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