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The Interpreter (2018)

Tlmocník (original title)
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Ali Ungar discovers in his 80s a book written by an SS soldier describing how he killed his parents back in Slovakia. He decides to take revenge, but when he arrives at the soldier's house he finds his son instead.


Martin Sulík
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Simonischek ... Georg Graubner
Jirí Menzel ... Ali Ungár
Zuzana Mauréry ... Edita
Anita Szvrcsek Anita Szvrcsek ... Jola
Anna Jakab Rakovska ... Truda (as Anna Rakovska)
Eva Kramerová Eva Kramerová ... Berta
Réka Derzsi ... Veronika
Anikó Varga Anikó Varga ... Mother (as Aniko Vargová)
Andrej Sebastian Sulik Andrej Sebastian Sulik ... Thief
Lubo Burgr Lubo Burgr ... Policeman
Karol Simon Karol Simon ... Pecner
Judita Hansman Judita Hansman ... Pecnerova
Igor Hrabinský Igor Hrabinský ... Kysel Senior
Attila Mokos Attila Mokos ... Kysel Junior
Roman Polácik ... Historian


80-year-old Ali Ungar comes across a book by a former SS officer describing his wartime activities in Slovakia. He realises his parents were executed by him. He sets out to take revenge but finds instead his 70-year-old son, Georg, a retired teacher. Georg, who had avoided his father all his life, decides to find out more about him and offers Ali to be his interpreter. The two old men, in everything opposite, embark on a bittersweet journey to meet surviving witnesses of the wartime tragedy. They discover a country eager to forget its past. They realise their memories are fragments mixed with their imagination and interpretation. They connect in silence and manage to discover their own identity.

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Comedy | Drama


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Official submission of Slovakia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. See more »


Veronika: What are you doing here?
Georg Graubner: I'm trying to find out what my father did here during the war.
Veronika: What did he do?
Georg Graubner: He murdered people.
Veronika: Nobody has ever tried to hit on me like that.
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References Mr. Bean (1990) See more »


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Written and Performed by Wasted Strings
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Slow paced, needs attention, but worth watching
10 April 2019 | by tpolakov-2See all my reviews

The movie follows the travels of the two main characters - descendants of the killer and a victim in World War II in Slovakia. It builds on a succession of images/situations in signature Sulik style - with gentle humor, geared very slightly towards absurdity, interspersed with some gut wrenching parts involving narratives of the surviving witnesses. The world has changed, people don't really care - or do they? Should they?

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1 March 2018 (Slovakia) See more »

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