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Those Who Remained (2019)

Akik maradtak (original title)
A lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of national conflict, lost and trauma, Those Who Remained reveals the healing process of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of a young girl in post-World War II Hungary.

Director:

Barnabás Tóth

Writers:

Klára Muhi (screenplay), Barnabás Tóth (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Károly Hajduk Károly Hajduk ... Körner Aladár
Abigél Szõke Abigél Szõke ... Wiener Klára
Mari Nagy Mari Nagy ... Olgi
Barnabás Horkay Barnabás Horkay ... Pepe
Katalin Simkó Katalin Simkó ... Erzsi
Andor Lukáts ... Seilmann Pista
Judit Marosvölgyi Judit Marosvölgyi ... Elvira
Zsolt Zayzon Zsolt Zayzon ... Klára apja
Adél Jordán Adél Jordán ... Klára anyja
Lujza Emma Tóth Lujza Emma Tóth ... Jutika
Eszter Balla Eszter Balla ... Ilona
Csenge Horváth Csenge Horváth ... Juli
Veronika Varga ... Vidákné
Krisztina Urbanovits Krisztina Urbanovits ... Somogyiné
Egyed Serf Egyed Serf ... Bokor József
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A lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of national conflict, lost and trauma, Those Who Remained reveals the healing process of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of a young girl in post-World War II Hungary.

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After WWII, a lonely man and an orphan teenage girl find their way back to life through love.

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

26 September 2019 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Someone to Live For See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

HUF120,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,799
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Production Co:

Inforg-M&M Film Kft. See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Hungary for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 92th Academy Awards in 2020. See more »

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Pleasant watch that doesn't want to explore that much
25 September 2019 | by botrytisSee all my reviews

Saw it on premiere on september 24 at Budapest's Corvin Mozi.

Probably the most essential thing to know about this movie is that it was made for television in the first place and later they considered pushing it into the Oscars, for big screens, as they thought it has the potential to win something. It probably has that potential but I don't think that it would be because the movie is that good... maybe for the acting as it was quite strong from the two main protagonists, or for the screenplay. Oh and for the music, that is indeed Oscar-worthy for today's standards. But if for anything other than that... well, then I would smell something fishinness behind that.

So as a TV movie this picture is far better than great. It has a distinctive visual atmosphere with its gray fuminess and late, cold autumny colors, the cinematography is beyond adequate for such TV movie norma, the world the story plays in is really authentic, beholds many details that reflects those old times. The dialouges are clevelry written, they behold the realism but also some theatrical factor for dramatic purposes. The acting is top-notch from the main protagonists, they bring well detailed characteristics into their relationship by which we really hold their connection close to our hearts, but overall all the cast did a good job. The soundtrack has probably the most appeal for an award as it has that really almost-but-not-yet cheesiness that can easily win your ears over, but overall a very pleasant music to listen to, reminded me of Clint Mansell's previous works.

What the whole movie might fall short on is the world building that plays in the post-war dictaturic times. There are some snipets about the oppression they maintained on all these people lived in the post-war city, however, other than having some tricky questions from the "comrades" it never went further than that, it didn't fully bring the overall alienating effect it should have for the story/narrative. It was kinda like only a world building element in order to remind the auidence what times this plays in, never fully did anything more than that. And probably, the ending, which refers onto this dictature didn't feel that cathartic, because of that "only-world-building-element" reason.

Talking with others on premiere some people found the whole fast paced evolution of the protagoninst's relationship unconvincing and out of place, that it needed much deeper, elaborative, slower tendencies to go through. Personaly I had no issue with it at all. I found the relationship really natural and organic in its own way, it was indeed a connection that is not that easily achievable by anyone, but these two somehow had the luck to have a mostly healthy relationship that helped both of them in some ways to heal all the scars the war times brought onto them.

So... basicly, that's all I got to say about this movie. From TV movie standpoints I found it really solidly done, a nicely put together motion picture that is pleasant to watch. For Oscar worthy theatrical experience it might fall behind a bit as it has some lack of details and elaboratness, so - even though I have no respect for Oscars nowadays - I kinda feel this movie has only oscar-worthiness on a few, specific fields and even there there is always much bigger fishes to fight against on awards like this. Again, if it wins any award other than the music, acting, or (maybe) for screenplay then there is something fishy back there in Hollywood (but it's Hollywood, the Oscars, so there is more dirty business than anything else today).

Rating: 6.8/10


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