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Fever at Dawn (2015)

Hajnali láz (original title)
| Drama | 2015 (Israel)
the story of a love born in the strangest of circumstances between two long-suffering survivors of the hell that was the Holocaust. Their love overcomes all obstacles in its path including ... See full summary »


Péter Gárdos


Péter Gárdos (screenplay), Marianne Ahrne (additional writer) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Gila Almagor ... Reich Lili
Anna Azcárate ... Mrs. Björkman
Gábor Máté ... Lindholm
Andrea Petrik Andrea Petrik ... Gold Judit
Lehel Kovács Lehel Kovács ... Harry
Péter Scherer Péter Scherer ... Kronheim
Eszter Földes Eszter Földes ... Sára
Mari Csomós Mari Csomós ... Reich Lili (voice)
Zsolt Páll Zsolt Páll ... Jakobovits
Zoltán Seress Zoltán Seress ... Hirsch
József Gyabronka József Gyabronka ... Svensson
Mariann Dib Mariann Dib
Emöke Piti Emöke Piti ... Lili
Roger Storm Roger Storm ... Björkman
Anita Tóth Anita Tóth ... Márta


the story of a love born in the strangest of circumstances between two long-suffering survivors of the hell that was the Holocaust. Their love overcomes all obstacles in its path including death when it eventually comes. Set in the Swedish rehabilitation camps during the autumn and winter of 1945.

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Hungarian | Hebrew

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The true love story of the writer & director Péter Gárdos' parents who were both Holocaust survivors. See more »

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Sober account of surviving the post-Holocaust days
8 February 2017 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Fever At Dawn" (2015 release from Hungary; 114 min.) brings the (true) story of Holocaust survivors Miklos and Lili. As the movie opens, it is "Jerusalem, 2014" and we meet an older woman who gives a stack of old letters to a friend. We then go back in time, and get to know Miklos, who just weeks after the end of WWII ends up at a rehabilitation center in Malmo, Sweden, where the doctor diagnoses him with TBC (waking up every morning with a fever--hence the movie's title) and gives him 6 months to live. Miklos is undeterred, and, in a desperate attempt at love, gets a list of 117 Hungarian women from the same home city in Hungary who also are recovering in Sweden. A few respond, but in particular the response from Lili draws his attention. At this point we're 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is a retelling of writer-director Peter Gardos' very own parents. This movie is a sober and restrained account of what the world of a Holocaust survivor looked like right after the end of WWII. If you think their troubles were over and life was peachy, think again. There are the many health-related issues of having gone through the Holocaust. Then, as well intended as the Swedes were in taking in these individuals, it came with a surprising amount of restrictions (to the point where the Hungarian Jews were not allowed to leave a particular area of town). The movie's photography is in color for the scenes in the present day, and B&W for the 1940s scenes. The movie also contains historical footage of the Holocaust that is not for children. If I have a criticism of the movie, it feels quite static and stage-like, as if watching a play at times. That, combined with its almost 2 hr. running time, make it a tough challenge at times.

I recently saw this movie at the 2017 Jewish & Israeli Film Festival here in Cincinnati. Per the usual, the organizing committee has done an excellent job putting together a great schedule, so kudos to them. Meanwhile, if you are in the mood for a sober account of what life for Holocaust survivors was like right after WWII, this movie will fill in nicely.

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