The Last Suit
CAST: Miguel Angel Sola, Angela Molina, Natalia Verbeke, Julia Beerhold, Olga Boladz, Martin Piroyansky DIRECTOR: Pablo Solarz
At 88, Abraham Bursztein is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear. His kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence, set him up to move to a retirement home, and disagree on how to handle his fading health. But Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land, and isn't about to quietly fade away. Instead, he plots a secret one-way trip to Poland, where he plans to find the Christian friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II, and to keep his promise to return one day. Comedic and poignant in equal measure, from Argentina to Spain, across Germany and finally to Poland, Abraham is on his own but also accompanied by the characters he meets along the way, who both help him and need his help. A standout among these is the iconic Spanish actress Angela Molina, as the proprietor of the Madrid hotel where he stays. With its klezmer-driven score, evocative cinematography and fleet pacing, THE LAST SUIT approaches its weighty themes with a light touch that illuminates a serious story. And in its mix of Spanish, Yiddish, German and Polish it is a globe-trotting surprise, a late-in-life road movie with planes, trains and heart.
By its third act, it's clear that Last Suit fits into a familiar happy-goodbye format, whatever its darker notes, and that plausibility isn't high on its list of concerns. At least the company's mostly good.John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
It may leave audiences in tears but, with its sharp wit and eye for the beauty hidden in the ordinary, it will also remind them of how many things there are to smile about.Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
By elegantly twisting the tropes of both the road movie and the war movie, it tells a story that feels refreshing even when it dwells on historical events we've heard about so many times before.Lee Jutton, Film Inquiry