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  • Summary: Primo Levi’s Journey is a picaresque road trip through history. In 1945, famous writer Primo Levi, was released from Auschwitz and took a thousand-mile walk through war torn Europe to return to his home in Turin, Italy. This documentary pieces together that journey.
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  1. For while the idea of comparing the Europe of 60 years ago to the Europe of today sounds didactic, the results are anything but. Ferrario turns out to have a delicate, unforced eye for elegant counterpoints, and his style unobtrusively draws you into the journey.
  2. A rather unfocused but ultimately provocative portrait of Eastern Europe.
  3. Vividly impressionistic and delightfully curious.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Sensitive, sobering, and tinged with respectful melancholy, Primo Levi's Journey retraces the enforced peregrinations of the great Italian chemist following his release from Auschwitz.
  5. The film lacks a certain coherence, and Levi - one of Italy's most important postwar writers - is mostly relegated to an excuse for a sociopolitical travelogue.
  6. Reviewed by: Julia Wallace
    Primo Levi's Journey is almost willfully opaque about the actual circumstances of Primo Levi's journey. Who exactly was this man we're meant to be paying homage to, and why did it take him so long to get home?

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