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The Survivor

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Incredible true story of Holocaust survivor; violence.

Movie R 2022 129 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+
Ben Foster did a phenomenal job for his portrayal as the lead character Hertzko "Harry" Haft. Unnecessary use of profanity, but not pervasive. Whatever happened to films without the use of unnecessary profanity?
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age 13+

Extremely empowering story

This is the most empowering movie about Jews and the Holocaust I’ve ever seen. It focuses on a man’s survival instincts and his strong convictions, instead of victim regret mentality. Also, it beautifully portrays American values and the immigrants who came to this country after the war, and found healing here. Overall, this film brought me to tears. Most importantly it’s a true story!

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This is an incredibly powerful film about the horrific lengths one man went to survive Auschwitz. The Survivor tells the story of Hertzko "Harry" Haft, a New York boxer in the late 1940s trying to use his fledgling boxing career as a way to track down his lost love who was taken by the Nazis and never heard from again. Unlike his family, he believes she's still alive, and Haft tries to create a new life for himself and his family in the United States. What The Survivor so movingly presents are the challenges in surviving not only past trauma, but also surviving living with that trauma in the years after, particularly after World War II, when a silent stoicism was believed to be the best way for men at the time to live with their pain.

While intense, the movie has some moments of humor, particularly from Danny DeVito, who plays Rocky Marciano's trainer. As Haft, Ben Foster turns in an extraordinary performance, capturing the nuances of a good man forced to do bad things, an imperfect man struggling to accept that the past he endured cannot be forgotten, and, for his son and future generations, nor should it be. The Survivor deserves a place among the very best movies to depict not only the Holocaust and its victims, but also the battles that raged within those who lived to fight another day.

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