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Everything may change when there is real occupation. That story began on August 12, 1945, at 11 am, when two mysterious strangers dressed in black appeared at the railway station in a Hungarian village, whose appearance might be strange and mysterious. At that time, the small villagers were preparing for a big wedding for the writer's son, but the former bridegroom's fiancé returned from captivity suddenly without introductions. A man may face a new kind of life, where everything will change within a few hours.
The darkness of wartime reaches not only into one day in August. In this muted but powerful film, Török is also commenting, obliquely but effectively, on the rise of far-right nationalism and anti-Semitism in present-day Hungary.
It's a good bet that the director had High Noon in mind when he made this film, but the comparison ends there. As a compact study of wartime guilt, the film has the look and feel of a waking nightmare.
Features an intrusive sound design, including Tibor Szemzö's jarringly contemporary score and sound effects that include the ringing of a clock tower, buzzing flies, rumbling thunder and noisy birds...
Set in a specific time and place, 1945 also resonates as a story of people doing terrible things to other people in the name of opportunity and getting ahead. It hits home at a time when the idea of loving thy neighbor feels sadly passé.