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Father (1966)

Apa (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 4 October 1967 (USA)
A boy in Budapest lost his father in 1945, when he was the age of six. He does not remember much of the father but fantasize that he performed various heroic feats.


István Szabó


István Szabó
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
András Bálint András Bálint ... Takó Bence
Miklós Gábor ... Apa
Dániel Erdély Dániel Erdély ... Tako as a child
Kati Sólyom Kati Sólyom ... Anni
Klári Tolnay ... Anya
Zsuzsa Ráthonyi Zsuzsa Ráthonyi ... The young Anya
Ilona Petényi Ilona Petényi
Rita Békés Rita Békés
Judit Halász Judit Halász
Anna Nagy Anna Nagy
Zsuzsa Balogh Zsuzsa Balogh
Judit Zsolnai Judit Zsolnai
Teréz Nagy Teréz Nagy
Ila Lóth
Géza Pártos Géza Pártos


Against the backdrop of post-WWII Hungary, the young orphaned boy, Takó, needs to create a loving fabrication for his long-lost father who died prematurely in Nazi-occupied Budapest. Having only faint and disappointingly few memories of his parent and hero--while still struggling to distinguish reality from fantasy--a grown-up Takó embarks on a journey of truth and enlightenment, as he attempts to unearth the identity of the beloved deceased he barely knew. Now, little by little, childhood's wide-eyed innocence gives way to the inescapable certainty. In the end, who was the man Takó called dad? Written by Nick Riganas

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Voted as one of the "12 Best Hungarian Films 1948-1968" by Hungarian filmmakers and critics ("Budapest 12") in 1969 and then again as one of the "12 Best Hungarian Films" ("New Budapest 12") in 2000. See more »


References The Great Dictator (1940) See more »

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about the father. as about yorself
5 April 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

Each time I saw "Apa", it was different. the common thing - the feel to be a personal story for me. because, for each boy who lose his father early, a long search remains as basic/fundamental duty. but the film is not only about this kind of search for better self definition. it is a film about Hungary . its past. its need to freedom. its society looking for the right way to be itself. the two themes are mixed. becoming one. and that fact does "Apa" an experience more than an artistic film. because its basic purpose is a sort of exorcism. and to give a map to yourself. surely, a masterpiece. and one of films who, at each new view, for me, remains a strange personal story.

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Release Date:

4 October 1967 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary

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Mafilm See more »
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1.66 : 1
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