While fairly predictable, it's good predictable; you really want the things that turn out well to turn out well. That's largely due to Mart Avandi disciplined performance. And the sentimentality that some are complaining of here—c'mon, they're kids. On top of that, it's absolutely gorgeous.
After a string of engaging films Härö has succumbed some sort of ennui. What has the stuff of becoming a great film only manages to reach "good". It all looks and sounds right but the story and characters feel half done and we never really get to know the people in the film. What should have been three dimensional humans becomes more like stereotypes we have seen a million times before. Good but not good enough.
Although we have a really soft touch of a hard reality which the scene took place, the movie is centred in "the fencer" not in the hard political life that took place during those times (in History). Somehow I see that this softness and beauty of the cinematography and the soundtrack is a representation of the inner self of the main character "the fencer" which is a soft and dreamer person, in my point of view.
There's really nothing fundamentally bad about this film, but that's really because it's sticking to tried and tested formulas. Really, if you know your sports, teachers and anti-establishment films, "The Fencer" doesn't have anything new to offer you. I also didn't care for the 80's-esque over-vilification of the antagonists.