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The Last Suit (El último traje)
SIFF's capsule summary: "A heartfelt and charming journey begins when Abraham, a spry octogenarian tailor and Holocaust survivor played by prolific Argentine actor Miguel Ángel Solá, leaves his Buenos Aires home on a one way trip across Europe in search of the man who once saved his life." (Argentina, Poland, Spain, France, 2017, 92 minutes)
SIFF link: The Last Suit

Eighty-something Holocaust survivor Abraham Bursztein (Miguel Ángel Solá) realizes that his health is fading, and gives up his tailor business and divides his estate among his children. But he remembers an old promise, and asks one of his daughters for enough money to accomplish it. He wants to fly from his home in Argentina to his birthplace in Łódź Poland with a gift for his childhood friend Piotrek, but the best he can do on his budget is fly to Madrid, and travel the rest of the way by rail. Various strangers help him in Madrid, in Paris, in Berlin, and in Warsaw. Is Piotrek still alive? Can Abraham find him if he is?

8 Very Good Writer-director Pablo Solarz did a very good job on the story. I appreciated the character development in Abraham as he opened up in response to the kindness of strangers, and his perseverance through setbacks caused by not-so-kind strangers and the struggles of old age. The directing was good, maybe very good. Miguel Ángel Solá delivered an excellent performance. The supporting cast ranged from good to excellent, but I can't sort out which actors were which. The art direction was good, in the war-era flashbacks, the Argentina scenes before Abraham began his journey, and on the road.

Overall, I rate the film very good, mostly because of the charm of the story.

Languages: Spanish, Yiddish, French, with English subtitles; English and Polish without subtitles.

Rating: I don't think this film has a US rating (yet), but I'd guess it would rate a "PG-13"; the only thing that would push it past a simple "PG" are a few verbal references to the Holocaust.

Screening: 10 am, Pacific Place (room 4).
Audience: a typical SIFF press screening crowd, around 100, about 285 seats (estimated capacity).

Snacks: none.

Ads and announcements: no ads at press screenings; SIFF volunteer "J" provided announcements.

Notes to myself:

SIFF statistics: 12 films (all features), 1 unofficial party.

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