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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.

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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.

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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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Country:

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

When he was ill, György was taken to a tent with the word "revier" written on it. A revier in the language of concentration camps was a facility for sick inmates. The word is abbreviated from the German term, Krankenrevier ("sick bay", "dispensary"). The majority of the Revier's medical personnel were inmates themselves, and the conditions in reviers varied considerably depending on the type of the camp. 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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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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Really surprising from an American perspective
4 August 2005 | by CamooSee all my reviews

I saw this on a trip recently to Hungary and i have to say that I was really impressed. It stands up against the bigger movies made regarding this subject, and it stands proudly. It didn't try to tackle the enormity of the Holocaust as one user suggested, rather it tried (and succeeded in my opinion) in tackling the story and fate (or lack thereof) of a young Jewish- Hungarian boy during the second world war. How would one explain this sudden shift in reality to a boy who is still in the process of maturing? How much can he possibly understand? When the ordeal is finished, could anything be "real" again afterwords? I thought the subject matter was challenging enough for it to warrant a second viewing. Marcel Nagy is spectacular, the director chose an amazing face and voice for the part, the character's attitude towards what's happening is shockingly mature and disaffected. He doesn't break down crying, or screaming , "why?!", he simply accepts that this has happened and tries to deal with it almost entirely inside his head. he is an introvert, speaking softly, and politely to those around him. he doesn't ask too many questions because he already thinks he knows all the answers. and these terrible answers are projected to the audience with the use of his powerful blue eyes, and his vital facial expressions. (There are two scenes I think where the boy looks directly into the camera and makes eye contact with you, the audience and I almost burst out crying..) the look of the film was what made the rest so sublime, the grays and blues were so dis-enchantingly beautiful, and for you that it's somehow immoral to make a 'holocaust' film as beautiful as this one keep in mind the colors and look reflect only the beautiful mind of the boy. best way i could describe this is a 'dreamy nightmare'. there are no acts of violence (some minor, but no guns mowing down innocents like Schindler's List), just a quiet, reflective look at the human condition, which makes it especially relevant today, especially back here in the States... I think the main problem people had with this film was they were expecting something... a little more dramatic, while this is a very quiet, very slow film that will appeal to those who work on those frequencies....


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