Fateless 2006

Fateless

Critics 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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In 1944, 14-year-old Hungarian Jew Gyorgy Koves (Marcell Nagy) quits school to look after his family when his father (János Bán) is deported by the Nazis to a labor camp. Shortly afterward, Gyorgy is seized during a police raid and sent to Auschwitz. Lying about his age to prevent himself from being gassed with the other children, Gyorgy learns from veteran prisoner Bandi Citrom (Áron Dimény) how to survive as he is sent from one concentration camp to another.

Cast & Crew

Marcell Nagy
György Köves
Áron Dimény
Bandi Citrom
József Gyabronka
Unlucky man
Endre Harkányi
Old Kollmann
Daniel Craig
US Army Sergeant
Bálint Péntek
Pretty Boy
János Bán
Father
Andras Hamori
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Péter Barbalics
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Ildiko Kennedy
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Laszlo Vincze
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Bernd Helthaler
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Robert Buckler
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Gyula Pados
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Critic Reviews for Fateless

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (4)

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

    June 2, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Is the survivor entitled to ordinary human happiness -- or is this human emotion an act of disloyalty and diminution? These questions are a vital part of this outstanding film's dark and sombre power.

    May 6, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Perhaps the fault lies more with Ennio Morricone's lavish, emotionally bullying music, which cancels out all the reticence and nuance of the script.

    May 6, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Fiercely unsentimental and surprisingly beautiful, Hungarian drama Fateless does the seemingly impossible: it succeeds in portraying the subject of the Holocaust in a new and devastating light.

    May 5, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Rachel Cameron

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • Relatively few films touching on the Holocaust are worthy of their subject; this one is.

    May 4, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 20, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for Fateless

  • Oct 31, 2010
    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
  • Sep 10, 2009
    <a href="http://tinypic.com" target="_blank"><img src="http://i32.tinypic.com/27yrew0.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> for disturbing images, nudity, language. I have seen many movies about Holocaust, but this Hungarian one, Fateless is quite impressive.Making a Holocaust movie is a challenge, because the director must struggle to maintain the scenes powerful, and not to be comparing with other Holocaust movies. Fateless, had this, and it showed us that we who were not there in the camps, can never imagine how that was like. It had little dialogue, but still it was a story that was watchable and had an affect on the viewer.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2007
    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 P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2006
    The cinematography's warm, the characters cold, and the territory familiar.
    William G Super Reviewer

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