1945 Reviews

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June 9, 2020
This small film features a massive day of reckoning for everyone on screen, and is highly satisfying, sometimes darkly humorous, and wonderfully acted. You may have seen stories of betrayal like this before, but never told this way.
April 24, 2019
1945 is a brilliantly made film, and powerful, moving reminder of the evil that can take place under cover of wartime and the power of greed.
November 26, 2018
The darkness of wartime reaches not only into one day in August. In this muted but powerful film, Török is also commenting, obliquely but effectively, on the rise of far-right nationalism and anti-Semitism in present-day Hungary.
October 28, 2018
The film's straightforward but effective narrative holds few surprises while the talented cast strengthens the storytelling especially Péter Rudolf who makes a smooth transition from comedy to drama.
October 17, 2018
Marvellously directed and acted, 1945 shows how those who practice deception for their own ends are likely to pay the price and in ways they may not foresee.
October 15, 2018
Handsomely shot in black and white and just 91 minutes, Torok's picture does not linger long, yet it manages to say so much that matters.
October 13, 2018
[A] sombre, accomplished but somewhat heavy-handed work...
October 12, 2018
As nationalist fervour and racism strengthens in modern-day Hungary, it is admirable that 1945 has been made at all.
October 8, 2018
It's the original slant that 1945 offers on the Holocaust that makes it essential, if bleak viewing.
October 2, 2018
Török is a precious director in his formal decisions, and delivers several images of enormous symbolic power. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 2, 2018
Nationalism, protectionism, bigotry and stunning cruelty are the order of the day. The film is precise and stark in black and white. Even the weather and the animals and birds are foretelling doom.
September 20, 2018
Memory, justice and remorse prevail in this film about sins. [Full review in Spanish]
September 18, 2018
The photography and performances play a central role in portraying the other horror, the one that does not appear on the front page of newspapers, but rather lives in your neighborhood. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 27, 2018
1945 manages to work itself toward a darkly poetic finish.
August 24, 2018
As powerful a fable about the relentless thrall of guilt as has ever been put to the screen.
August 24, 2018
A Hungarian Holocaust "High Noon"
August 23, 2018
The film is nonetheless a trenchant examination of what happens in the wake of genocide, to survivors, witnesses, the participants and those who merely stood and watched.
July 20, 2018
Torok's powerfully absorbing tale juggles multiple characters and themes -- guilt, greed, justice. It's imperfect, but it has a crucial message about the complicity of "little people" in the context of unfathomably bigger crimes.
July 5, 2018
1945 is an impeccably acted examination of the moral fester of the Holocaust, although the conclusion lacks the necessary impact.
June 22, 2018
Driven by the agitation and anxiety of the town's populace, 1945 does... continue the exploration of an inexhaustible and inescapable subject.
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