Drama | Hungarian with English subtitles | 91 minutes
In 1945, shortly after World War II ended, an Orthodox Jew, Sámuel Hermann, and his son, return to their home village in rural Hungary. They bring two trunks containing perfumes and lotions. The locals are fearful these two former inhabitants might claim their homes and all their personal possessions that were illegally confiscated during the war years. There is also fear that the perfumes and lotions Sámuel and his son are carrying will be used to stock their stores that were confiscated. The villagers feel both guilt and greed. The imperious town clerk, István, is defiant, claiming all that was confiscated should not be returned. The village drunk, wracked with guilt, insists that everything taken from the Jews should be returned. A dark cloud hovers over the town as they grapple with their dishonorable past.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 97%
- Metacritic Score: 73
- Berlin International Film Festival: Nominated, Best Audience Award
- Ghent International Film Festival: Nominated, Best Feature Film
- Hungarian Film Week: Winner, Best Actor (Péter Rudolf)
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Filmed gorgeously in black and white and often framed with wide vistas. The final moments unharness a subtle power: This is a town that cannot escape its past and a dark cloud will hover over it for years to come.
As a compact study of wartime guilt, the film has the look and feel of a waking nightmare.
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