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After his father loses his business and is taken to a labor camp, Gyorgy Koves soon finds himself baffled and alone at Auschwitz-Birkenau, struggling to find meaning in his tragic fate. Gyorgy stoically suffers the slings and arrows of concentration camp life. Amid the deprivation and brutality, he takes solace in the kindness of an array of characters. Gyorgy will have to draw on the memory of these small gestures of humanity when he returns to Budapest and realizes that the horrors he has experienced while interned have left him profoundly alienated from his post-war community.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fateless looks man's inhumanity to man square in the eye and pronounces it standard operating procedure, and that may be the greater horror."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Many of the images in Fateless are familiar, but they're presented so unsparingly, so uncloaked by emotion, they become freshly potent."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
""Fateless" is an essential film in the canon of holocaust film because it vividly tracks the specific brand of hatred that torture and genocidal murder inures."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Masterfully directed, acted and shot, this is world cinema at its absolute finest."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Plays out as a constant tug-of-war between what makes it trite and what makes it unique, although what makes it unique has the better chance of sticking with you."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Relatively few films touching on the Holocaust are worthy of their subject; this one is."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Epic in scope and imagery, the film is a haunting look at mankind's capacity for inhumanity, as well as survival."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"In cutting through the conventional cliches of Holocaust presentation to a more singular truth, Gyuri defies viewers to refuse him the license to tell his own story as he himself saw and felt it, rather than as others might prefer him to tell it."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Haunting, affecting and beautiful in its own way, although slow-moving and overlong."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Is the survivor entitled to ordinary human happiness -- or is this human emotion an act of disloyalty and diminution? These questions are a vital part of this outstanding film's dark and sombre power."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A reflection of how its main character comes to experience reality, as one small moment between what came before and whatever horror or happiness is yet to come."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"The film is on a level just slightly below Schindler's List and The Pianist, and only because Koltai is a less powerful, practiced director than either Steven Spielberg or Roman Polanski."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Una película de sobrecogedora belleza que se las arregla para arrojar nueva luz sobre un tema trillado y recurrente."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"In a long list of Holocaust films, this sublime one is well-worth seeking out."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Perhaps the fault lies more with Ennio Morricone's lavish, emotionally bullying music, which cancels out all the reticence and nuance of the script."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
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