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Károly Eperjes ...
Apa
Eszter Ónodi ...
Anya
György Barkó ...
Nagyapa
Jonas Togay ...
Kisfiú
Miklós Láng ...
Kisfiú
Antal Cserna ...
Árjanti
János Szirtes ...
Házasságközvetítö
Lajos Szücs ...
Huberjani
Katinka Cseke ...
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Pelbárt atya
Tamás Jakab ...
Vörösparancsnok
Pál Kanda ...
Irnok
István Fonyó ...
Vérbiró
Sándor Terhes ...
Kihallgatótiszt
István Lénárt ...
Jogtanácsos
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Three generations of Hungarian Jews with a furniture shop in Budapest: at the center is the love affair of Imre and Gerda. Imre is the elder son of the family patriarch, a veteran of the Great War. Imre greets Gerda when she arrives from Germany to teach; he shepherds her through a sham marriage and divorce so that she, an Aryan, can marry him. He becomes a Christian and has their son Kisfiu, the story's narrator, baptized. We follow family fortune from brief Bolshevik rule in 1919 through the rise of the Nazis, Imre's life in a camp, hiding during World War II, the fate of Gerda and Imre's brothers, the ascendancy of the Communists, revolt, and Kisfiu's growing up. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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19 October 2000 (Hungary)  »

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Childhood memory, family mythology
19 July 2007 | by (Berkeley, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a film about childhood memory and family mythology; some of the events seem perfectly straightforward, while others verge into the fabulous, in the way that time conflates and enlarges childhood memories. It's beautifully made and reminded me a bit of Fellini's idiosyncratic memory films, like AMARCORD.

Historical events are taken for granted, so the more the viewer knows about 20th-century Hungarian history, the more sense the story makes; this would be a good movie to see after watching Szabo's SUNSHINE, which covers the same period, but with a more traditional and informative narrative.


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