The moving story of the world-champion boxer whose physical and inner strength helped him survive a boxing ring in Auschwitz.
Based on the true story of the rise and fall of world-champion boxer, Victor “Young” Perez. The Jewish Perez flees Tunisia for France and becomes the youngest world-champion in boxing history in the 1930s. But his career and personal life spiral out of control. Alone, and with his reputation in tatters, he is deported to Auschwitz where he is forced to box for the entertainment of a camp commander.
Cinematically rich scenes of his halcyon days as a celebrity athlete, his relationship with Italian actress Mireille Balin and the depiction of his fall from grace make, Young Perez a story about strength and redemption. Brahim Asloum – a real-life boxing champion who plays Perez – brings all the intensity of a champion who endures an incredible fall, to this complicated role.
103 mins/ French (english subtitles)
director — Jacques Ouaniche
category — triumph of the spirit