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      Father

      1966 1h 28m Drama List
      100% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 79% Audience Score 250+ Ratings When young Tako's father dies in Hungary in 1945, Tako is left with scant memories of him. Nurtured by his mother, the boy nonetheless fantasizes about the man his father was, imagining him to have been a hero. Grown into a man himself, Tako (Andras Balint) falls for a Jewish refugee, Anni (Kati Solyom). Burdened by her own heritage as a Jew, Anni sparks in Tako a desire to find out what his father was really like, and he delves into the role his father played in World War II. Read More Read Less

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      Variety Staff Variety 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 Richard F. Shepard New York Times A beautiful study of the need for heritage. May 9, 2005 Full Review Penelope Houston The Spectator When it's good, though, Szabo's film is very good indeed. Apr 25, 2016 Full Review David Parkinson Radio Times A visually audacious yet highly personal study of the uneasy relationship between postwar Hungary and its past. Rated: 4/5 Apr 25, 2016 Full Review TV Guide Told without sentiment, Father is a truly moving picture about a young man's attempt to find, not his father, but himself. Rated: 3/5 Apr 25, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Father is a bit strange for me to watch so no thanks it doesn’t look funny Rated 1 out of 5 stars 05/18/18 Full Review Audience Member I cannot not cry, Hungarian history big time, great acting, and great director. One of the best Szabo movie ever. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member A boring, black-and-white foreign film about a young man who comes of age in postwar Hungary after the death of his father, who he idealizes and makes up stories about. It was a clock-watching drag of a film that, at 96 minutes, was about 76 minutes too long. Kept hoping Mike Myers would suddenly appear as Dieter and say "This film reaches down my pants and taunts me." Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Szabó István szvsz legjobb filmje Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member one of the best film about living in eastern europe after world war II. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Really inventive early gem from director Istvan Szabo explores invention and memory as a boy reinvents his dead father's life to equate all that is good and heroic in post-WWII Hungary. The film builds in power as you realize he's also re-imagining Hungarian history itself. The film within a film depicting the forced march of Hungarian Jews to their slaughter, as enacted by bored 1960s Hungarians, is simply mesmerizing, along with the grown boy's easy switching of sides. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis When young Tako's father dies in Hungary in 1945, Tako is left with scant memories of him. Nurtured by his mother, the boy nonetheless fantasizes about the man his father was, imagining him to have been a hero. Grown into a man himself, Tako (Andras Balint) falls for a Jewish refugee, Anni (Kati Solyom). Burdened by her own heritage as a Jew, Anni sparks in Tako a desire to find out what his father was really like, and he delves into the role his father played in World War II.
      Director
      István Szabó
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Hungarian
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 5, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 28m
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