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Fateless (2006)



Critic Consensus: Beautifully photographed and majestically scored, Fateless is a haunting account of one boy's experiences during the Holocaust and his journey to pick up the pieces in the war's aftermath.

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One young man's devastating voyage through the Holocaust sets the stage for this powerful drama. Gyorgy "Gyurka" Koves (Marcell Nagy) is a 14-year-old Jewish boy living in Hungary when the Nazi pogroms begin sweeping through the country. Gyura's father (Janos Ban) has his business taken away from him not long before he's taken away to a concentration camp, and as he's led away, Gyura agrees to his father's request to look after his stepmother while he's gone. However, Gyurka takes a bus rather than the train to work the following morning, believing it to be safer, but before it can reach its destination, police stop the vehicle and take the Jewish passengers into custody. Gyurka is sent to Auschwitz, but is later transferred to Buchenwald, and finally to Zeitz; at each stop the teenager is witness to greater and greater horrors, as different varieties of torture and violence are introduced with each passing day, until his emotions begin to wear away. When American troops finally liberate Zeitz, Gyurka has been shocked into a placid serenity, and when he returns to the wreckage that is Budapest, his ravaged body and ghostly calm go mostly overlooked by the other survivors attempting to rebuild. Sorstalansag (aka Fateless) was adapted from a novel by Imre Kertesz, a Nobel Prize-winning author who is himself a survivor of the Nazi death camps.more
Rating: R (for some disturbing Holocaust images including nudity, and brief strong language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Imre Kertesz
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 9, 2006
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Marcell Nagy
as Gyuri Koves
Áron Dimény
as Bandi Citrom
Joszef Gyabronka
as Balszerencses
Daniel Craig
as American Soldier
Péter Haumann
as Uncle Lajos
Sara Herrer
as Annamaria
János Bán
as Gyura's Father
Gyorgy Gazso
as Mr. Suto
György Barkó
as Mr. Fleischmann
Judit Schell
as Gyorgy's Stepmother
Adam Rajhona
as Mr. Steiner
Miklós Benedek
as Uncle Vili
Bela Dora
as Smoker
Bálint Péntek
as Pretty Boy
Péter Fancsikai
as Older Kollmann Boy
Dani Szabo
as Moskovich
Peter Vida
as Lenart
Marton Brezina
as Younger Kollmann Boy
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Critic Reviews for Fateless

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (25)

Fateless looks man's inhumanity to man square in the eye and pronounces it standard operating procedure, and that may be the greater horror.

Full Review… | June 2, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Relatively few films touching on the Holocaust are worthy of their subject; this one is.

Full Review… | May 4, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A reflection of how its main character comes to experience reality, as one small moment between what came before and whatever horror or happiness is yet to come.

Full Review… | April 20, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Many of the images in Fateless are familiar, but they're presented so unsparingly, so uncloaked by emotion, they become freshly potent.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Epic in scope and imagery, the film is a haunting look at mankind's capacity for inhumanity, as well as survival.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

The film is on a level just slightly below Schindler's List and The Pianist, and only because Koltai is a less powerful, practiced director than either Steven Spielberg or Roman Polanski.

Full Review… | March 18, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fateless


This film is hard to watch, but the performances are profound and the cinematography is breath taking. The depths of suffering seem to be limitless, and thiis film portrays that brilliantly. I do not recommend this film for children. It is a mature work that is completely disturbing. While similar films capitalize on the Holocaust brutality, this is a different perspective regarding the erosive effects of the endless, dehumanizing routine upon the psyche. How anyone was able to survive one of these camps, then return to normal society, is beyond me.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

There can be beauty anywhere - even in the Nazi death camps. This film is filled with touching moments, some of the rawest I've seen in film, and is an interesting take on the coming-of-age story: what if you spent your teens in a concentration camp? How would you look back on it?

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


it's not every day I see a hungarian film nor have I ever heard of an Hungarian film but this film will certainly make me find more Hungarian films.

This is a film which probably would not be done in a similar way in an English peaking film. Many of the scenes where certainly something I haven't seen before in an english speaking film, perhaps even a Hollywood movie.

Perhaps telling from a boy's point of view is why I belive it's such a special piece of cinema, unlike something I've ever seen.

Sarah Gaish

Super Reviewer

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