on January 06, 2006 by Shlomo Schwartzberg
A Hungarian Jewish boy's experiences in various concentration camps prevent him from fitting back into society after the war in this unusual and different Holocaust movie. "Fateless" is how 14-year-old Gyuri (Marcell Nagy) comes to view himself after being buffeted by forces beyond his control. At the film's outset, his Budapest family prepares for his father's being shipped off to a labor camp; soon after, the rest of the family, including Gyuri, is dispersed, and the boy's long nightmare begins.

What distinguishes "Fateless" from other films like "Schindler's List" is its unique emphasis on the dehumanization of the Jews shipped off to places like Auschwitz. Long, detailed and harrowing sequences show how Gyuri's humanity is stripped from him, even as, ironically, the humanity of his fellow inmates helps keep him alive. We haven't seen that take on the Holocaust before and it helps make this film a memorable affair, despite its often repetitive, sluggish bent. Starring Marcell Nagy, Aron Dimeny and Andras M. Keeskes. Directed by Lajos Koltai. Written by Imre Kertesz. Produced by Andras Hamori. A Thinkfilm release. Drama. Not yet rated. English-, German- and Hungarian-language; subtitled. Running time: 114 min.

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