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Fateless presumes audiences know the details of how European Jews moved from ghettos to camps to liberation, so Koltai frequently jumps right past the big changes, and dwells instead on the tedious hours inside the train on the way to Auschwitz, an
With its first-person approach, Fateless joins other classic films about the Holocaust (Shoah, Schindler's List) by vividly portraying an event that can seem remote as the number of eyewitnesses shrinks each year.
Koltai, a veteran cinematographer whose credits include more than a dozen movies by István Szabó (Mephisto, Sunshine), has managed something near miraculous with this hypnotically paced, lyrically downbeat, weirdly dreamlike 140-minute movie.
Not only do the scenes set during the war develop a cumulative emotional power, but those in the war's immediate aftermath give us a glimpse into a truth seldom explored -- a truth that only a survivor can possess.
Fateless is an extraordinary film, not just for its harrowing attention to detail of life within the concentration camps, but for the equal place of privilege it gives to life before and after World War II.
As you'd expect from a cinematographer's movie, it's visually striking. But as its ambiguous postwar scenes of its embittered, bewildered hero display, it is also probing beyond its subject's customary parameters for fresh perspective.
Fateless will be inevitably compared to Schindler's List and especially The Pianist; while no single scene is as harrowing as the strongest moments in either of those movies, it's more sustained than either.