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Fateless (Sorstalanság) - Marcell Nagy, Bandi Citrom, Zsolt Dér, Lajos Koltai

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You can close your eyes. You can turn away. but you will never forget.

Imre Kertész was a teenager when he survived the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau and Buchenwald. The ordeal of a 14-year-old boy who survived the German death camps is also the subject of this Hungarian Nobel prize-winner's major literary work.

Told from the point of view of the adolescent Gyuri Köves (Marcell Nagy), this meticulous screen adaptation tells the story of the experiences of the Jewish population in Budapest during the Second World War: from the compulsory purchase and sewing of a yellow Star of David onto their clothing, to deportation and their ordeal at Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Zeitz, as well as the liberation of the camps and the return of survivors to post-war Budapest.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film biography Jew death camp World War II survivor teen Budapest liberation starvation

Persons of interest

  • Marcell Nagy .... Gyuri Köves
  • Béla Dóra .... Smoker
  • Bálint Péntek .... Pretty boy
  • Áron Dimény .... Bandi Citrom
  • Péter Fancsikai .... Older Kollmann boy
  • Zsolt Dér .... Rozi
  • András M Kecskés .... Finn
  • Dani Szabó .... Moskovich
  • Tibor Mertz .... Fodor
  • Péter Vida .... Lénárt
  • Endre Harkányi .... Old Kollmann
  • Márton Brezina .... Younger Kollmann boy
  • Zoltán Bukovszki .... Zoli
  • Gábor Nyiri .... Hedge
  • Jenö Nagy .... Jenö
  • Bence Bihari .... Bence
  • Patrik Holzmüller .... Patrik
  • Jakab Pilaszanovich .... Jakab
  • Zoltán Tóth .... Zoltán
  • Péter Bryja .... Péter
  • Krisztián Köles .... Krisztián
  • Imre Kertész .... Author
  • Imre Kertész .... Screenwriter
  • Lajos Koltai .... Director

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Theatrical report

Despite being very long, Fateless (Sorstalanság) managed to retain my interest all the way through - and I'm talking about a pulled muscle in my lumbar spine, too much air-conditioning and a bladder full of diet cola.

Gyuri's story is somewhat familiar as we all know what happened to the Jews during World War II. (I still don't understand the Nazis or the Germans - the harder I think about it the less I understand them - but the middlemen, the German-occupied gentiles, are clear: greedy racist bullies. Of course, the Nazis are all those things but how on earth does one get from bully to industrial murder factories? It's beyond me.) What makes this film interesting is that Gyuri is a child: barely interested in sex, unprepared for his future let alone his present. He sees crimes against humanity with the eyes of an innocent, finding that even in the midst of horror there can be beauty. Marcell Nagy is the perfect choice for this role as he looks and feels the part, revealing many of the shades of grey that humanity can produce. He does pretty well at the million mile stare, too.

If you like a bit of inhuman unpleasantness to go with your subtitles then you'll like Fateless (Sorstalanság). It's not the greatest movie of the second World War but it's certainly worth watching. Just remember to go to the toilet first.

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes, infrequent moderate coarse language)

Surveillance time

140 minutes (2:20 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 16 March 2006 - Melbourne, Sydney

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