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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Marcell Nagy
Bela Dora
Zoltan Bukovszki
Andras M Kecskes
Aron Dimeny.
Directors
Lajos Koltai.
Screenwriters
Imre Kertesz.
Running Time
140 minutes

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Fateless
A young man's experiences in the Holocaust, from the pen of Nobel laureate Imre Kertész


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Plot
Gyuri is a teenage hungarian Jew who is rounded up and put into Nazi work camps at the beginning of the Holocaust. His hand-to-mouth existence, where his death could always be only minutes away, spells the end of his innocence.


Review
Fateless

This tale of a young Hungarian Jew’s experiences in the Nazi death camps must be the most handsome Holocaust drama ever. Made by a cinematographer-turned-director armed with the biggest budget in Hungarian cinematic history, Fateless is so sumptuous and stylised that genocide takes on a somewhat stately dimension. Adapted from Imre Kertész’s Nobel Prize-winning autobiographical novel, the film follows teenager Gyuri (Nagy) as he’s shipped from Budapest to the camps, before returning home to try and make sense of it all.

We’re meant to see the camps with a naive adolescent eye, but director Koltai misjudges his material, and his fastidious paletting and highly orchestrated set-pieces are curiously low-impact; beautiful where they should be beastly.


Verdict
Holocaust drama shot like costume drama, creating a sense of aesthetic disharmony.


Reviewed by Steve O'Hagan

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aesthetic disharmony?

Yes it was shot and lit a little too luxuriously but I feel the film's main failing was its failure to connect Gyuri emotionally with the audience. He drifted through the camps like a spectator, outshone at every turn by the supporting characters and if that wasn't enough, the voice over at the end talking about telling people about 'the good times' in the camps was so unsupported that it came across as perverse. The review seemed a little unfair. This film dealt with an important if over exp... More

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