Père / Apa

Apa

Fiction, Hungary, 1966, 98 mn, O/FS

by István Szabó
with András Bálint, Miklós Gábor, Dániel Erdély

This movie, directed by Istvan Szabo, tells of a boy who creates romanticized memories of his father, dead since the boy was a child in 1945. The “memory” of the father, actually a mild, decent, but undistinguished physician, sustains the lad as a crutch. It is only when the boy becomes a young man involved in the Hungarian uprising of 1956 and when he falls in love with a Jewish girl that he realizes that he must forge his own identity without reflecting the “glory” of his father.