In 1945, Jewish father and son return to the Hungarian village from which they were deported, and where indifferent bystanders seized their home and possessions. Their arrival is a moment of crisis for the small community, whose members struggle to cope with feelings of guilt and fear of revenge.
If you’re keen to learn what other new Hungarian talents are out there besides Oscar winner László Nemes, then you’re in for a treat. Set a year later than Son of Saul, this gorgeous period drama from filmmaker Ferenc Török meditates on guilt, small-town life, and the act of betraying one another.
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Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
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Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States
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