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Fateless (2005)

Sorstalanság (original title)
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Fourteen-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.

Director:

Lajos Koltai

Writers:

Imre Kertész (novel), Imre Kertész (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcell Nagy Marcell Nagy ... Köves Gyuri
Béla Dóra Béla Dóra ... Dohányos
Bálint Péntek Bálint Péntek ... Selyemfiú
Áron Dimény Áron Dimény ... Citrom Bandi
Péter Fancsikai Péter Fancsikai ... kis Kollmann
Zsolt Dér Zsolt Dér ... Rozi
András M. Kecskés András M. Kecskés ... Finn
Dani Szabó Dani Szabó ... Moskovics
Tibor Mertz Tibor Mertz ... Fodor
Péter Vida Péter Vida ... Lénárt
Endre Harkányi Endre Harkányi ... öreg Kollmann
Márton Brezina Márton Brezina ... nagy Kollmann
Zoltán Bukovszki Zoltán Bukovszki ... Zoli
Gábor Nyiri Gábor Nyiri ... Hunyó
Jenö Nagy Jenö Nagy ... Jenõ (as Nagy Jenõ)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

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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Hungary | Germany | UK | Israel | France | USA

Release Date:

10 February 2005 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Fateless See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

HUF2,500,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,680, 8 January 2006

Gross USA:

$196,857

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,512,009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kalvin Ter (the subject of the photos in LIFE Magazine shown to György) is a major square in the city centre of Budapest. It was named after the French Protestant Reformer John Calvin. 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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Soundtracks

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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More than a holocaust movie
15 September 2005 | by gilwen-1See all my reviews

First of all, I have to tell, that I have not read the book yet, so I don't know how the book is like. But in my opinion the movie, in itself is really good. For me the movie had two major meanings. First, that all of us, who were not there in the camps, will never be able even to imagine how that was like. And the second, that people don't really listen to what you want to tell them, they listen to that, what they want to hear, and if your story does not satisfy them, because they want to hear something else, or because they can't accept your point of view, you will be left alone... And you will be lonely even among people of your own kind. And I think that's why this kid is fate-less, he himself tells at the and of the movie, he has to continue his life, which is not possible to continue, and he has to do this alone, because no one ever will understand him. Even fate has forsaken him.


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