Father (Father: Diary of One Week)

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In The Father (Apa), Hungarian filmmaker Istvan Szabo invests a great deal of poetry and warmth in a story that, in lesser hands, might have become a wallow in bathos. After his father is killed in World War II, a young Hungarian boy named Tako concocts a fantasy image of the parent he never really knew. Convincing himself of his father's unstinting bravery, the boy grows into a man (Andras Balint) who hopes to emulate his dad's heroism. During the 1956 uprising, our hero falls in love with Jewish refugee Anni (Kati Solyom). Apprised of the horrors experienced by Anni's people during the Holocaust, Tako decides to find out whether or not his father was truly the noble warrior he's imagined him to be. It turns out that the father was neither wholly good nor wholly evil, just an average Hungarian hoping to make the best of a difficult world. At long last, Tako is able to divest himself of his father's shadow and become a man on his own terms. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Father (Father: Diary of One Week)

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This is real, solid, moving yet unsentimental stuff, and it's beautifully illustrated as well by Sandor Sara's camerawork with its nostalgic glimpses of the past.

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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A beautiful study of the need for heritage.

May 9, 2005 | Full Review…

When it's good, though, Szabo's film is very good indeed.

Apr 25, 2016 | Full Review…

A visually audacious yet highly personal study of the uneasy relationship between postwar Hungary and its past.

Apr 25, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Told without sentiment, Father is a truly moving picture about a young man's attempt to find, not his father, but himself.

Apr 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Father (Father: Diary of One Week)

This one really put Hungarian film on the map for me.

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