DVD - 2006 | Hungarian
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A teenage Jewish boy from Budapest finds himself in turmoil as Hitler's Final Solution becomes policy throughout Europe. Taken from his family and sent to a concentration camp, his existence becomes a surreal adventure in adversity in order to survive.
Publisher: New York : Thinkfilm ; Port Washington, NY : Distributed by KOCH Vision, [2006]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 140 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Sorstalanság


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May 12, 2018

We watched this, first requesting it among other films to honor April's month of Holocaust recognition, but were only able to get it the other day. My wife has been more educated (both in book and film) in this than I, but feels that this was a good interpretation of the book--perhaps more for the eyes to accept--and understanding that English subtitling loses "some value" from the original language the film was made in. Yet, we both were weeping throughout the film. Do not be alarmed by the R rating, as this was more on the level of the Schindler's List film.

Mar 20, 2015

Sentimental yet more didactic than story-telling flick; poorly-individuated speeches are spouted about the predicament they're in as Jews, etc. So story-wise, think of a Leon Uris, who also can spin his wheels in the history while trying to turn archetypes into fictional characters with soul. A few longueurs, too: 'found myself fast-forwarding now and then.
The acting is adequate-to-good, but never goes much beyond that. The direction struck me as pedestrian at best; maybe a first-time effort (the protagonist's voice-over says he looked for his pals; the actor playing him turns his head. Etcetera.).
All of which is a pity, at least for those of us who could stand to learn at least a bit about what gentile Hungarians did to their Jewish neighbours. As it is, but for one or two tidbits about the experience for Hungarians, it's a bit of a generic primer about concentration camp life, so not for anyone who's done a bit of reading about it.
Music by Ennio Morricone is spare but excellent.
Gave up at 1hr 10 mins of its 2hr 20-min length.
(I now wonder if there's a Primo Levi of this Hungarian experience)

Aug 28, 2012

Well-made movie which looks at the fate of Hungarian Jews in the Holocaust. There is relatively little dialogue so the subtitles are not a problem. It does show you how some of those in the camps who were given control over fellow prisoners could be almost as brutal as the Nazi guards, which is balanced by the compassion and caring demonstrated by other inmates. A bit more voiceover from the central character giving context would have been helpful in places.


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