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  • Summary: Blessed Is the Match is the first documentary feature about Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-day Joan of Arc. Safe in Palestine in 1944, she joined a mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary. With unprecedented access to the Senesh family archive, this powerful story unfolds through the writings and photographs of Hannah and Catherine Senesh. (Balcony Releasing) Expand
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  1. A limited amount of original footage -- awkwardly enhanced with reenactments -- gives the film a somewhat narrow focus. But in a way, the dry tone fits.
  2. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    60
    Senesh was a budding writer, and her poems and diary entries add flavor to an already dramatic tale in Roberta Grossman's Blessed Is the Match.
  3. Because Senesh died so young, it's hard to fill out a film of nearly 90 minutes that claims her as the subject, so director Grossman has resorted to using newsreel footage as well as re-creations, which, though discreet, add nothing special to the proceedings.
  4. Documents courage, but steers clear of character.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    50
    Tells us just about everything we might want to know about her - except why she did what she did. That important information will have to wait for another film.
  6. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    50
    The title is drawn from a verse Hannah wrote just before she was captured -- and that impulse is enough to sustain audience interest.
  7. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    50
    An ungainly hybrid of straight-up documentary and ingenuous reenactment.