Release : 1999-09-13
Genre : Drama, History
Runtime : 181 minutes
Company : Téléfilm Canada, Channel Four Films, Dor Film Production Company, Alliance Atlantis Communications, Serendipity Point Films, Eurimages, Kinowelt Filmproduktion, Bavaria Film and Television Fund, Hungarian Motion Picture Fund, ISL Film, InterCom, TV 2, Vienna Film Financing Fund, Österreichischer Rundfunk, Starhaus Filmproduktion, The Movie Network
Cast : Ralph Fiennes, William Hurt, Rachel Weisz, Miriam Margolyes, Rüdiger Vogler, Hanns Zischler
Language : en, fr
The film follows a Jewish family living in Hungary through three generations, rising from humble beginnings to positions of wealth and power in the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire. The patriarch becomes a prominent judge but is torn when his government sanctions anti-Jewish persecutions. His son converts to Christianity to advance his career as a champion fencer and Olympic hero, but is caught up in the Holocaust. Finally, the grandson, after surviving war, revolution, loss and betrayal, realizes that his ultimate allegiance must be to himself and his heritage.