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My Way Home (1965)

Így jöttem (original title)
In the final days of WWII, a seventeen-year-old boy wanders the countryside. He is captured by Soviet troops, then released, then captured once more - after he has donned a German uniform ... See full summary »

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Miklós Jancsó
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Complete credited cast:
András Kozák András Kozák ... Jóska
Sergey Nikonenko ... Kolja
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Béla Barsi Béla Barsi ... Lézengõ magyar katona
Jurij Bodovszkij Jurij Bodovszkij
Viktor Chekmaryov
Sándor Csikós Sándor Csikós
Mari Csomós Mari Csomós
László Csurka László Csurka ... Menekülõ
Ferenc Dávid Kiss Ferenc Dávid Kiss
Zoltán Gera Zoltán Gera ... Hadifogoly
Árpád Gyenge Árpád Gyenge ... Hazatérõ zsidó
Katalin Gyöngyössy Katalin Gyöngyössy
János Görbe ... Menekülõ
Tibor Haraszin Tibor Haraszin
János Harkányi János Harkányi
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In the final days of WWII, a seventeen-year-old boy wanders the countryside. He is captured by Soviet troops, then released, then captured once more - after he has donned a German uniform for warmth - and imprisoned at a remote barracks, where he strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Russian soldier. His attempts to return home form the crux of this wonderfully lyrical film, which displays all of the director's consistent themes: the psychological presence of landscape, the randomness of violence, the arbitrary nature of power. Written by © 2003 EIFF

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian | Russian

Release Date:

14 January 1965 (Hungary) See more »

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A sedmnáct jim bylo let... See more »

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Mono

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1.66 : 1
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A beautiful cry for peace, love and understanding
9 March 2014 | by thaoSee all my reviews

My Way Home deals with very much the same themes as The Red and the White and The Round UP except here we have hope and an example of a way out.

All of the films deal with the randomness of violence. War does not pick out people because they deserve to live or die. And authority is not tempered with justice. It is arbitrary. Even your own country men are a danger in this world.

The landscape, bare plains in all directions, as far as the eye can see captures the hopelessness of trying to escape. There is nowhere to hide. You are like a leaf caught in a wind that blows you one way or another. The point is made with a beautiful homage to North by Northwest (1959) when a plain chases the boys in the naked landscape, while they try to catch up with a naked woman, who is probably running away from rapists. It is telling that we never find out where she came from or what became of her. She is like one of those leaves being blown around by the winds of war.

So all these films capture the evil of war, and how inhuman and cold it is (no wonder Kubrick loved Miklós Jancsó). This film however does show us how the world could be. A friendship of a Hungarian and Russian boy is formed when the Russian boy saves the Hungarian one from a minefield. They take care of each other (even though they don't speak each other language) and form a friendship and love that is stronger than anything he receives from his own country men.

And let's us not forget that this film was made during the Cold War, when nations refused to see each other as human and threatened each other with weapons of mass destruction. Into that world comes this beautiful cry for peace, love and understanding.


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