Director: Ferenc Torok
Narrative / Hungary / 93 minutes / 2017 / Hungarian with English subtitles
Thursday, March 15 / 7:00 PM / CINEPOLIS West Hartford, Blue Back Square
Based on the acclaimed short story “Homecoming” by Gáor T. Szátó
On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary
while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son.
The townspeople –suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning –expect the worst and behave accordingly. The
town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to
demand their illegally acquired property back.
Director Ferenc Töö paints a complex picture of a society trying to come to terms with
the recent horrors they’ve experienced, perpetrated, or just tolerated for personal gain. A
superb ensemble cast, lustrous black and white cinematography, and historically detailed art
direction contribute to an eloquent drama that reiterates Thomas Wolfe’s famed sentiment:
you can’t go home again.