SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Jewish Community Arts (SJCA) will present a Zoom panel discussion on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. of the character driven 2016 film, “The Last Suit,” written and directed by Argentine filmmaker Pablo Solarz.
According to program organizers, the movie is available to watch online.
The story is about one man’s attempt to reconcile with his past at the end of his life.
Abraham Bursztein survived Auschwitz and escaped to Argentina with the help of his friend Piotrek. In the 70 or so years since, Abraham has worked as a tailor in Buenos Aires, raised a large family, and lost touch with the man who had saved his life. As he approaches 90, he is looking at spending his remaining days confined to a nursing home. Eluding his family’s plan to move him into one, he sets off with the goal of returning to Poland, the name he will not say aloud, where he hopes to find his friend and give him the last suit that he will ever make. He plans to embark on the reverse of his post-war escape.
“The filmmaker, Solarz, is quite remarkable in creating a three-dimensional central character that avoids stereotyping and exhibits wisdom, humor, suffering, and shrewdness while facing, what to him is being cast off from his family, like an old shoe, to a nursing home,” said SJCA Coordinator Phyllis Wang.
She added, “It is a poignant reminder of the importance of not going to one’s grave with any regrets, It tells a tale that feels uplifting even when it dwells on harrowing historical events heard frequently before.”
Registration for the Zoom discussion is available at firstname.lastname@example.org.