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 ...
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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
I saw this at the 2001 Seattle International Film Festival and loved it. Not many people went to see it, but it seemed to me that most of them enjoyed it. I would like to mention that this movie won a Jury special prize at Festroia-Troia International Film Festival, Grand prize at Hungarian Film Week, and was the Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film (I assume for Hungary).
I don't remember much since then but thought that the movie deserved a good review to match the bad one. The cinematography is beautiful in this movie. And I felt the effects for the surreal moments were done quite well. The characters were lovable and I didn't find the movie to be lagging or tedious (caution: I really like slow-paced movies). The music composed for the sound track was also excellent. And I asked the director (who was at the film festival) if he would send me some, which he agreed to, but sadly it never happened.
All in all I would recommend this movie, and I would watch it again if I had the chance.
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