1945 Reviews

October 13, 2018
[A] sombre, accomplished but somewhat heavy-handed work...
June 20, 2018
Set in a specific time and place, 1945 also resonates as a story of people doing terrible things to other people in the name of opportunity and getting ahead. It hits home at a time when the idea of loving thy neighbor feels sadly passé.
May 24, 2018
1945 serves as both a reminder of Hungary's complicity in the Holocaust and as an examination of what happens when an entire community is asked to keep one horrible secret.
April 27, 2018
A town wracked with guilt must come to terms with the horrors of its war atrocities in "1945," a somber drama set in the immediate aftermath of WWII.
April 5, 2018
This film adds to a growing list of Holocaust dramas and documentaries that move past the guilt of Nazi Germany to ponder the complicity of smaller communities in eastern Europe.
April 4, 2018
Features an intrusive sound design, including Tibor Szemzö's jarringly contemporary score and sound effects that include the ringing of a clock tower, buzzing flies, rumbling thunder and noisy birds...
April 3, 2018
Torok juggles plenty of characters and themes - guilt, greed, Russian meddling, the Holocaust, justice - but he always remains firmly in control of his story. Every frame is meticulously crafted.
December 12, 2017
It's a good bet that the director had High Noon in mind when he made this film, but the comparison ends there. As a compact study of wartime guilt, the film has the look and feel of a waking nightmare.
November 22, 2017
Simple, powerful, made with conviction and skill, "1945" proceeds as inexorably as Sámuel and his son on their long walk into town.
November 2, 2017
The movie's denouement is indelible.
November 1, 2017
The resultant sensation of uncomfortable prying underlines the boiling suspicions that power the plot.
October 31, 2017
The fractured rhythm of 1945 and the desolate aesthetic are engrossing, but Ferenc Török's film doesn't linger.
October 31, 2017
A Holocaust film built, consciously or not, on a reversal of the tropes of the western, down to ticking clocks that might as well be nearing high noon.
February 22, 2017
In this twitchy, claustrophobic view of moral degeneration, it becomes apparent that this town is not so much convulsed with guilt as with defensive anger.
February 12, 2017
A fresh, intelligent cinematic approach to a difficult topic that takes on a transitional time in Hungarian history with subtlety and nuance.