|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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EpicBy a customer from Exeter , 13 Nov 2008I chose this film because I love Ralph Fiennes and find that he never disappoints. Some of this film is hard to watch but as a family history or saga it works well.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008This is a good film if you are interested in Hungarian history. There is not what you could call a plot, just a story of 3 or 4 generations of one family and how they all faced difficulty choosing between their own morals and passions, and the zeitgeist of that era. I think you would really need to know a bit about European history to understand what is happening, as the story lasts 100 years. Some parts, particularly the 2 world wars are dealt with so quickly you could easily miss them and the marriages and affairs are likewise hurried and unexplored. There is no doubt that Hungary went through horrible times but, given the pace of the film and the severity of the characters, I couldn't muster much care or sympathy for the outcome. The cast and performances are mostly excellent, as are settings, costume & feeling of authenticity. I was glad I managed to sit through the entire 2 and 3/4 hours and found it interesting, in a documentary way, but I couldn't recommend this as entertaining to anyone.
BrilliantBy Shimo (13 reviews) from London , 02 Jun 2008It is a brilliant epic movie, altough I do understand it must be extremly difficult to understand to people who have no personal experience or very good knowlede of central european history.
sunshineBy a customer from Cambridge , 05 Apr 2008I Loved this film. Beautifully shot and very much catches the atmosphere of Budapest with all its turmoil and change. Ralph Fiennes is excellent in all three roles and manages to be convincingly different in each one. My partner felt it was a little too long but I thought it was perfect. The amount of huge political changes and the spanning of several generations of the family needed the time and space to do it justice.
This merits a reviewBy Bill (69 reviews) from LONDON , 15 Jan 2008The scope of this film is perhaps its second worst point, the first worst item is to choose Fiennes to play multiple parts. Not that he admirably performs in each role, but it becomes a gimmick. I enjoyed the early parts of the the film, but tired of the increasingly simplistic and rapid portrayal of historic events, and also of watching Fiennes in bed again with yet another woman. Frankly I stopped watching toward the end, having lost the plot......