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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 ...
Angéla
János Derzsi ...
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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stunning visuals, great soundtrack
1 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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