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Fateless (2005)

Sorstalanság (original title)
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14-year-old György's life is torn apart in World War II Hungary as he is sent to a concentration camp where he is forced to become a man, and learns to find happiness in the midst of hatred, and what it really means to be Jewish.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcell Nagy ...
Köves Gyuri
Béla Dóra ...
Dohányos
Bálint Péntek ...
Selyemfiú
Áron Dimény ...
Citrom Bandi
Péter Fancsikai ...
kis Kollmann
Zsolt Dér ...
Rozi
András M. Kecskés ...
Finn
Dani Szabó ...
Moskovics
Tibor Mertz ...
Fodor
Péter Vida ...
Lénárt
Endre Harkányi ...
öreg Kollmann
Márton Brezina ...
nagy Kollmann
Zoltán Bukovszki ...
Zoli
Gábor Nyiri ...
Hunyó
Jenö Nagy ...
Jenõ (as Nagy Jenõ)
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An Hungarian youth comes of age at Buchenwald during World War II. György Köves is 14, the son of a merchant who's sent to a forced labor camp. After his father's departure, György gets a job at a brickyard; his bus is stopped and its Jewish occupants sent to camps. There, György find camaraderie, suffering, cruelty, illness, and death. He hears advice on preserving one's dignity and self-esteem. He discovers hatred. If he does survive and returns to Budapest, what will he find? What is natural; what is it to be a Jew? Sepia, black and white, and color alternate to shade the mood. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing Holocaust images including nudity, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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10 February 2005 (Hungary)  »

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Budget:

HUF 2,500,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,680 (USA) (6 January 2006)

Gross:

$195,888 (USA) (28 April 2006)
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The first Hungarian picture to be filmed in Panavision format. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: [narrating] I didn't go to school today. Well, if only to ask my teacher to let me go home. I gave him father's letter. He asked what the reason was. I told him father had been called up for forced labor.
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Holdvilágos éjszakán (On a Moonlit Night)
Music by Mihály Eisemann
Lyrics by István Zágon
Sung by the four boys when the group is in transit
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A Very Moving Motion Picture
9 November 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Saw this film at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles. It is an amazingly well made, well acted motion picture about a very difficult subject. The direction and cinematography were excellent. The lead boy was only 12 when the film was shot, yet he delivers a mature, sensitive and deeply emotional performance.

The film is long but very compelling and speaks loudly about man's inhumanity to his fellow man. The message is even more disturbing when told through the eyes of a young teenager who is caught up in the atrocities of the Nazis and their Hungarian allies.

If this film were in English or directed by Steven Spielberg, it would no doubt win numerous awards. Let us hope that "Fateless" is recognized for it's bravery and excellence.


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