1945

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2017 | 91 minutes | Rated NR

There are conventional black and white films and then there is the odd sepia-toned effort, like Ferenc Török's 1945, a masterful adaptation of co-writer Gábor T. Szántó's considerably more streamlined 2017 short story, "Homecoming.” A train station in Hungary sets 1945's plot in motion when it dislodges two mysterious passengers dressed in black, Orthodox Jews (played with minimalist rigor by Iván Angelusz and Marcell Nagy) toting nailed wooden crates, who turn this provincial post-war village upside down simply by walking from one end of it to the other. While a wedding takes place in the foreground, the mob boss-like town clerk (a magnificently mustachioed Péter Rudolf) encourages his fellow citizens, a motley collection of troubled souls, to close ranks against the strangers who appear intent on reclaiming stolen property. As they walk, revelations of anti-semitism seep out along the margins before engulfing the entire town.

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Film Credits
Director
Ferenc Török
Cast
Peter Rudolf, Bence Tasnádi, Tamás Kimmel, Dóra Sztarenki, Ági Szirtes, József Szarvas, Eszter Nagy-Kálózy, Iván Angelus, István Znamenák, Sándor Terhes, Miklós Székely