1945

Nothing promises intrigue like a passenger train depositing a stranger in a small town, and that’s certainly the case with this black-and-white Hungarian drama, in which a little village shudders collectively with the unexpected arrival, in August 1945, of a mournful Orthodox Jew and his grown son. As these mysterious visitors make their way toward the Jewish cemetery, panic spreads among certain townspeople who have taken advantage of the Holocaust to seize the property of their Jewish neighbors. Writer-director Ferenc Török, adapting a story by Gábor T. Szántó, snakes through a community rife with deals, secrets, and compromises; his film adds to a growing list of Holocaust dramas and documentaries that move past the guilt of Nazi Germany to ponder the complicity of smaller communities in eastern Europe. In Hungarian and Russian with subtitles.