Rent Gulag: Forgotten Prisoners of WWII (2018)

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Rent Gulag: Forgotten Prisoners of WWII (aka Eternal Winter / Örök tél) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Christmas 1944. Soviet soldiers invade Hungary and drag every young woman with German origins away from their villages and transport them to one of the most brutal Soviet labour camps. Here they are forced to work in the coal mines under inhumane conditions. One of the women, Irén (Marina Gera), meets Rajmund (Sándor Csányi) who teaches her how to survive this hell on earth. She is determined to stay strong and one day return home to her daughter and family. But a different fate awaits her in this multi-award winning film based on an incredible true story.
Actors:
Marina Gera, , , Diána Magdolna Kiss, Franciska Farkas, Niké Kurta, , Anikó Für, Tibor Gáspár, Nóra Diána Takács, Tímea Magyar, Oleh Melnychuk, , András Kacsur, Kinga Erös, Kovács S. József, Ferenc Katkó, Imre Szabó, Attila Ferenczi, Viktor Ivaskovics
Directors:
Attila Szász
Producers:
Ábel Köves, Tamás Lajos
Writers:
Norbert Köbli, Attila Szász, János Havasi
Aka:
Eternal Winter / Örök tél
Studio:
Second Sight Films
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Countries:
Hungary, Drama, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/08/2019
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
Hungarian, Russian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour

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Reviews (2) of Gulag: Forgotten Prisoners of WWII

aka Eternal Winter - Gulag: Forgotten Prisoners of WWII review by PA

Spoiler Alert
19/09/2019

I could not find this title on IMDb so I searched the director and found the films title is Eternal Winter. And this is the films title in its home country of Hungary (Iarna Eterna). I don't know how it became know as Gulag: Forgotten Prisoners of WWII.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Long, drawn out, and utterly unconvincing - Gulag: Forgotten Prisoners of WWII review by JF

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16/09/2019

Having received many accolades and depicting what should have been a fascinating survival story of one of many almost forgotten terrors in WW11, I looked forward to viewing this. I was expecting a film on par with "The way back" or a technically improved "Gulag" of 1985. Just so disappointed. Given all the great books depict how harsh life in any Gulags could be, the severity of the weather, the lack of food, clothing and other resources, the infamous pitilessness of the guards - this portrayal was simply not credible. Yes, Gulag was in a isolated spot, and the clothing was not new but they all looked pretty healthy - even those being left to die "int transition". The inconsistencies of apparent isolation yet access to certain products, the "kind" (in relative terms) actions of guards, the lack of brutality or regular death, the unconvincing emotion between the two main characters. People died from exhaustion, disease, hunger, abuse and brutality in these places - yet none of this really came across. It was a poor, superficial portrayal of a desperately inhumane situation, conveying little of the depth of suffering those sent there endured. The film dragged from one interminable scene to another, regularly passing back and forth from close ups of the two main characters "connecting" with their eyes. I watched until the end out of sheer determination. If you are interested in this as a subject - read one of the many well written books or watch other, far better, films that can really capture the horrors, humanity and your own emotions.

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