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.
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
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.
Holocaust drama shot like costume drama, creating a sense of aesthetic disharmony.
Reviewed by Steve O'Hagan