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Miekkailija (2015)

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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.

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Ursula Ratasepp ...
Hendrik Toompere Sr. ...
Principal (as Hendrik Toompere)
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Joonas Koff ...
Jaan
Egert Kadastu ...
Toomas
Ann-Lisett Rebane ...
Lea
Elbe Reiter ...
Tiiu
Jaak Prints ...
Principal's assistant
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Aleksei
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Jaan's grandfather
Leida Rammo ...
Boarding house's hostess
Raimo Pass ...
Officer
Erkki Tikkan ...
Officer
Maria Avdjushko ...
Clerk in Leningrad
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Fleeing from the Russian secret police because of his controversial past, a young Estonian fencer named Endel is forced to return to his homeland, where he begins to train a group of young children in the art of fencing. The past however catches up with him and Endel has to choose between letting his students down or putting his life in danger. The movie is partially based on the real life story of an Estonian fencer Endel Nelis (1925-1993). Written by Mattias Aabmets

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The Inspiring True Story of Endel Nelis, Estonia's Legendary Fencing Master See more »

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Drama | History | Sport

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PG | See all certifications »
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30 September 2016 (UK)  »

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El esgrimista  »

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€1,605,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,572, 23 July 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$95,543, 11 January 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$22,458, 20 August 2017
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Finnish candidate for the best foreign language film in 2016 Academy Awards. See more »

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Real-life Endel Nelis did not have a beard. See more »

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Featured in 73rd Golden Globe Awards (2016) See more »

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Great film featuring both good fencing and history
9 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

When I first heard about this film, I was rather apprehensive about its portrayal of fencing. Too often such films fall prey to unrealistic swordplay, or to relegating the fencing to some metaphors and maybe a lunge every now and then.

Not so with this movie. Not only are the lessons portrayed in a realistic way, the tournament itself had the feel of an actual tournament and the actions executed looked like they were supposed to. I did notice the modern scoring system was used, but I assume this is so as not to confuse the viewer; the old system kept track of hits scored against a fencer, and as such the numbers would be reversed.

History-wise, it gave a good picture of the time period and the perils in which Soviet citizens found themselves.

In my eyes, the only 'weak point' would be that the underdog story is a rather standard one, but I honestly didn't feel that it detracted from the movie at all.


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