1945

 

1945

On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son solemnly return to a village in Hungary where villagers are preparing for the wedding of the town clerk's son. The townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning – expect the worst and behave accordingly.

The town clerk fears these visitors may be heirs of the village's deported Jews and expects them to demand the return of their illegally acquired property. Will these two men portend more Jews returning to reclaim that which was stolen? Paranoia runs rampant throughout the small hillside town where collective guilt and enduring anti-Semitism coexist in postwar Hungary.

Director Ferenc Torok paints a complex picture of a society trying to come to terms with the recent horrors they have experienced, perpetrated, or just tolerated for personal gain. In 1945, a superb ensemble cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art direction contribute to a spare yet eloquent drama that reiterates Thomas Wolfe’s famed sentiment: you can’t go home again.

Hungary * 2017 * 91 minutes * Hungarian with English subtitles * Drama

Starring: Peter Rudolf, Bence Tasnadi, Tamas Szabo Kimmel, Dora Sztarenki

Director:  Ferenc Torok

 

 

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