Drama / Romance / War

IMDb Rating 6.9 10 6


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Daniel Craig as Amerikai õrmester
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Hungarian 2.0
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140 min
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Hungarian 2.0
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140 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 6 / 10 / 10

Another Movie about Holocaust, but without Emotions

In Budapest, Hungary, the Jewish teenager György Köves (Marcell Nagy) is taken off a bus while going to work in a brickyard and sent to Buchenwald. In the concentration camp, he loses his innocence finding starvation, hatred, selfishness, sickness and death, but also friendship, sympathy and comradeship among the other prisoners. Movies about holocaust are usually touching and full of emotions. However, "Sorstalanság" is cold, without emotions or feelings and the director never creates an empathic or charismatic lead character. The horror of the concentration camps is shown through a awesome make-up of the cast; stunning faded colors or black and white cinematography contrasting with the bright color when the war is over; a wonderful reconstitution of life in times of war and post-war; and great soundtrack. But unfortunately this movie does not work well in spite of the budget. My vote is six. Title (Brazil): "Marcas da Guerra" ("Marks of the War")

Reviewed by jotix100 10 / 10 / 10

The camps

Lajos Koltai, the Hungarian cinematographer responsible for enhancing most of the films in which he was asked to photograph, decided to take a break from behind the camera in order to concentrate when he decided to take Imre Kertesz's novel to the screen. Mr. Kertesz, the winner of the Nobel prize for literature, own experiences as a prisoner of war were the basis for this moving cinematic account of one of the worst horrors in history. Mr. Koltai was helped in his debut by trusting Gyula Pados to photograph the story, as well as asking Ennio Morricone, one of the best in the movie business, to do the musical score. We are taken to the Budapest of 1944 where Gyuri Koves, a fourteen year old Hungarian Jew lives with his family. His life is about to change. His father is going to a work camp, and Gyuri also decides to go. Little prepares him when fate intervenes and he is taken from the bus he took to the train that will transfer him to a concentration camp. The horrors Gyuri experiences will make him a stronger individual having seen death on a daily basis. Gyuri survives the holocaust, but he had to pay a dear price when he gets back to reality. Best thing in the film is Marcell Nagy, who as Gyuri runs away with the picture. This young actor was an asset for director Koltai because of the magnificent performance the director got from this young man. As movies of this genre go, "Fateless" will stay in the viewer's mind for a long time. The ensemble players make a great contribution to our overall enjoyment. There is a cameo appearance by Dan Director Koltai bathes the film in color in the initial scenes in Budapest, then, he changes to a sepia tone and even to a bluish tone that work fine with the narrative. There is a cameo appearance by Daniel Craig as an Allied soldier that is liberating the camps. "Fateless" is a hard film to sit through, although highly recommend it because of its antiwar message. Thanks for a job well done Lajos Koltai.

Reviewed by gradyharp 10 / 10 / 10

Learning the Meaning of Life in a Concentration Camp

'Sorstalansag' (FATELESS) is an inordinately powerful, quiet journey through a year in Nazi Concentration Camps at Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Zeitz. Adapted by Imre Kertesz from his first novel, the story is semi-autobiographical as Kertesz spent a year of his youth in Auschwitz as a Hungarian Jew. Though Kertesz alters his novel of the life of one Gyorgy Koves, in a manner he carefully explains in one of the featurettes accompanying this DVD, the observational skills and tenor of his literate mind suffuse this surprisingly quiet depiction of life in a death camp. We first meet Gyorgy Koves as a curly headed handsome 14-year old youth in 1944 bidding farewell to his beloved father as he departs for a labor camp. Wearing the yellow star of David proudly, Gyorgy has little understanding of what it is to be a Jew, a lesson he will learn in the coming year and affect his perception of the world and his place in it. Gyorgy's mother left his father and his father has remarried and requests that Gyorgy stay with his stepmother while he is away 'for a while' in the labor camp. Gyorgy is conflicted as he loves his mother but he does as his father requests. Almost inadvertently Gyorgy and his friends are taken off a bus and separated by the Nazis into trains bound for concentration camps. Gyorgy remains relatively naive about what is happening: his head is shaved, his worldly goods are absconded, and he begins the hellish life of survival in Auschwitz. Where Kertesz writes differently than other authors who have described Holocaust conditions is in his mindset of Gyorgy: Gyorgy strives to retain a sense of equilibrium in this bizarre new life, seeing certain events as probable errors, mistakes, or simply 'the way things are'. He endures starvation, brutal work, pain from an injured and infected knee, boredom, and observing sights of torture of his fellow prisoners. Though he is walking in a stunned world, he is still able to fine the little moments of 'happiness' because of his youthful outlook and creative mind. He gradually grows to understand what being a Jew means, and while he is unable to fathom all he sees in captivity, he learns that if he can't understand life in a concentration camp, how can he understand life outside either. Gyorgy is literally on the carts moving toward the crematorium when the Allies free the camp. He meets an American (Daniel Craig) who suggests he not return to Budapest, but go to America instead where he can pursue a new existence. Yet Gyorgy's devotion to family, to country, and to being a Jew returns him to Budapest where he finds a destroyed city that had been home and wanders the town square trying to make sense of it all. As Gyorgy Koves, Marcell Nagy gives a stunning performance, a picture of a child/man who is forced to enter the world of adulthood via the horrors of Auschwitz. Nagy captures the essence of the character with minimal dialogue and maximum use of his body language and eyes. The supporting cast is superb, each creating vignettes in the few moments we see them that burn into our memory. The cinematography by Gyula Pados uses subdued color for the scenes outside the camps and a subtle sepia toned black and white or the scenes within the walls of the terrifyingly real buildings and yards of the camps. The musical score by Ennio Morricone sustains the mood throughout. But it is the director Lajos Koltai whose impeccable sensitivity to Kertesz' writing and vision that makes this long (140 minutes) film a seamless pondering of the passage of time - minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, etc - that is the essence of Gyorgy's survival of a nightmare 'with little moments of happiness wherever they may happen'. This is a magnificent film, by a gifted crew, and though it contains visuals that will crush your heart, it must be seen to be believed. In Hungarian and German and English with subtitles. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp

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