|Formats:||15 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Mark Strong, John Neville, Rosemary Harris, David De Keyser, James Frain, Jennifer Ehle, Miriam Margolyes, Ralph Fiennes, Molly Parker, Deborah Unger, William Hurt, Rachel Weisz|
|Directors:||István Szabó, Istvan Szabo, Istvan Szabo|
|Collections:||Battlefield Films, Challenging Cinema, Wars & Warriors|
|2hrs 52 mins||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||2 hours 52 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Sunshine experienceBy Brighteyes (8 reviews) from Welwyn Garden City , 23 Oct 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]It was simply mesmerising. I have been to Eastern Europe since the 60s and asked natives why they didn't leave? They just didn't believe how dreadful life could be and how many more opportunities there might be in the West.
So many emotions were involved. It was a fascinating tightly directed narrative about a family. A historical experience.
I really love sub titles too as I am deaf but enjoy infra red ampplification. I just didn't want to miss a minute of it. I was there with them experiencing many emotions too.
Thank you for the priviledge. I recommend it highly.
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Slow start- wonderful finishBy IrishAuburn (3 reviews) from Croydon , 13 Mar 2009The opening half hour of this film seems a bit wooden, the characters appearing like stock figures rather than fully developed personalities. However, the film is well worth watching. The cinematography is mesmerizing, and the plot thickens steadily. It is at its most gripping with observations of the perils of ethnic nationalism, and the less publicised aftermath of the urge for retribution among the former victims. The film's refusal to adopt a simplistic victim/villain portrayal of the political circumstances in Hungary around WWII and its aftermath makes it a complex and engaging film.
An epicBy Andrew (4 reviews) , 13 Mar 2009This is an epic tale of three generations of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.
It has a slight 'slap in the face' quality. nothing is left to the imagination, as at the beginning when, just in case you don't know what an exploding brewery looks like, you get to see one.
It's all very titilating; from grand sword fighting duels, sadism in concentration camps, OTT domestic arguments, to looking up Jennifer Ehle's skirt.
It was the director's brainchild. Watch the actors interviewed in the 'making of' say how brilliant he is in the most deadpan way, and what a pleasure it was for them to be involved in the execution of his master plan.
Dismal DoingsBy a customer from Witney , 23 Feb 2009This panoramic slice of family/historical/racial history is so relentlessly depressing, so hideously graphic in some of its violence (however true to life), so indifferently acted on the whole, and so dolorous in tone, that its purely cinematic virtues, which are many, fall by the wayside. Generally poor casting, an awful dearth of sympathetic or even interesting characters and a view of humanity that makes you want to put your head in bucket of water, guarantee this film's distinction as a long and protracted downer.
A long repetitive filmBy a customer from Galashiels , 15 Feb 2009This film started well, however after the 3rd reincarnation of Ralph Fiennes it became slighty tedious.
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Watchable but dragged towards endBy a customer from Surrey , 14 Nov 2008Epic tale with an exhausting and commendable performance by Fiennes moving through the generations of a Jewish Hungarian family. He was ably supported by a strong cast. The weakest 'episode' I thought was the final one, during the Communist era which was laboured and heavy handed compared to the preceding WW2 'episode' which was harrowing to watch. If there were half stars available - I'd up the rating to three and a half as having visited the beautiful city of Budapest earlier this year, the story, though laboured took on an extra dimension in its viewing.