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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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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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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:

HUF 2,500,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,680, 8 January 2006

Gross USA:

$195,888, 30 April 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Productions halted in February 2004 when one of the producers left shooting. Filming began in May, with the help of Producer Andras Hamori. See more »

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[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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Flash v. Schwabenland, Production Dog See more »

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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One of the most honest films, I have seen.
3 March 2013 | by princebansal1982See all my reviews

As a kid, I used to think that some of the thoughts I was having were unique to me. I didn't see any of those things in mass media. But slowly and slowly as I read more and I see more films, that set of things that were unique only to me have been reducing in size. Fateless just destroyed that set.

I love movies. They move me, excite and sometimes literally live me breathless. Fateless just shook me up. It struck a chord somewhere deep inside. It revived the memories that I thought I had forgotten, the feelings that I had buried somewhere deep in my psyche.

All the credit has to go to Imre Kertész, the writer of the original source as well as the screenplay writer. He has written an account that is so painfully honest and bold that it breaks through all the clichés of depictions of pain and sorrow, not just in literature and film but in life too.

After a long time I am just itching to get my hands on a book. Don't know when I will take it up though.


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