The Last Mentsch (Der Letzte Mentsch)

, 2013

The past informs identity, but even more importantly, so can living in the present.

70-year-old Marcus Schwartz, who now lives in Germany, has concealed and rejected his Jewish heritage after surviving the horrors of Auschwitz. As he begins to think about the end of his life, Marcus decides he wants to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. But first he must prove he is Jewish. To make his journey by car to his old village on the Hungarian-Romanian border, he enters into a partnership with a young Turkish-German woman fleeing her own checkered past. This is a cinematic and heartfelt road movie, powerful in its depictions of identity in crisis and coming to terms with the past.

 

 

93 mins/ English, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Yiddish (English Subtitles)

Director — Pierre-Henry Salfati

Category — Road Trip